2017 | Italian Contemporary Film Festival at Casa d’Italia
The Casa d’Italia is pleased to present the 5th Québec edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival – ICFF 2017 at Casa d’Italia: a film event, in collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute of Montréal, the Italian Contemporany Film Festival in Toronto, the Casa d’Italia, the Cinémathèque Québécoise, and the Cinéma Cartier in Québec.
The Festival, which will be held from June 11 until June 16th 2017, at Casa d’Italia, 505 rue Jean Talon Est, offers 6 recent films by well-known Italian directors rewarded in Italy and internationally. Six days of film of great Italian contemporary cinema, in which will be examined themes linked to a global public, exploring Italy of yesterday and today, offering a unique opportunity to celebrate the Italian reality in Canada.
The screenings will be presented in the original language, subtitled in French or English. For more information please see the program below or call (514) 271-2524.
Sunday June 11 – 7pm
In Guerra per Amore / At War for Love by Pierfrancesco Diliberto
Cast: Andrea Di Stefano, Pierfrancesco Diliberto aka Pif
[It., 2016, 99 min]
Plot – New York 1943. Arturo, a Sicilian emigrant, is in love with Flora who is already engaged to the son of a well known New York boss. She loves Arturo though and they would like to get married, but to do so he needs her father’s blessing. The man lives in Sicily and the only way for Arturo to get there is to enroll in the US Army in order to start a journey to the Italian island and take part in the event which is going to change the history of Sicily, Italy and Mafia.
Monday June 12 – 7pm
La Pazza Gioia / Like Crazy by Paolo Virzi
Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti
[It., 2016, 118 min, FR]
Plot – Beatrice is a blabbermouth and a so-called billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s is intimacy with world leaders. Donatella is a young quiet tattooed woman, locked in her own mystery. They are both patients of a mental institution and subject to custodial measures. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of their unpredictable friendship and their escape from the treatment constraints that will become an hilarious and moving adventure of two technically insane creatures, looking for a bit of fun and love in this open-air nuthouse, the world of healthy people.
Tuesday June 13 – 7pm
Qualcosa di Nuovo / Something New by Cristina Comencini
Cast: Paola Cortellesi, Micaela Ramazzotti,
[It., 2016, 93 min]
Plot – Lucia and Maria have known each other forever, two friends that are complete opposites. While Lucia is a very rational and pragmatic person – giving up on men after her divorce, Maria is spontaneous and naïve – and quite addicted to men. Then one night, the perfect man falls into Maria’s bed; he’s charming, sensitive, passionate and mature. The problem is he’s just 19-years-old, so Maria, along with Lucia create a lie, and fabricate a new version of their life. Perhaps in meeting this boy by happenstance, is truly the man everyone dreams of, because of his simple outlook on life, he’s able to transform their habitual ways, and revolutionize every desire and certainty they previously held.
Wednesday June 14 – 7pm
Non c’è più Religione / Messy Christmas by Luca Miniero
Cast: Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Gassmann
[It., 2016, 90 min]
Plot – On a small Mediterranean island called Porto Buio, a real life nativity scene is a traditional Christmas event. Unfortunately,this yearthe child who’s played baby Jesus for years has completely outgrown the role, and there’s no one to replace him –the island hasn’t celebrated a birth in years. With this fundamental tradition on the line, newly elected Mayor Cecco wants to ask theTunisian community that lives on the islandto “borrow”one of their children, but difficulties could arise as there’s conflict between the two communities. The mayor will call on old friends to aidhim in this challenging feat, although the likes of this nativity scene the island hasn’t seen in over 2000 years! A hilarious comedy about Italy today, focusing on a universal religion: happiness.
Thursday June 15 – 7pm
L’Ora Legale / It’s the Law by Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone
Cast: Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone
[It., 2017, 92 min, FR]
Plot – In the small Sicilian village of Pietrammare, the moment has arrived to elect a new mayor. For years, the town has been under the tainted leadership of Gaetano Patanè, who’s ready to use every trick in the book to keep his position and power. His opposition comes in the form of 50 year old Professor Pierpaolo Natoli, with no former political experience, an honest man just wanting to give his 18 year old daughter, Betti, an alternative for her first time voting. Against all odds, and with the help of Salvo and Valentino championing his causes, Pierpaolo wins, and immediately gives start to a new age of legality and respect for the rules in town. Would the citizens of Pietrammare be ready for that?
Friday June 16 – 7pm
Veloce come il vento / Italian Race by Matteo Rovere
Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Matilda De Angelis
[It., 2016, 110 min, FR]
Plot – The De Martino family have always had motor oil and gasoline flowing in their veins: they have been putting together and racing cars for generations. Mario, the head of the family, is forced to give way to his very young and exceptionally talented daughter Giulia. She is joined by her 40 year old brother Loris, a former driver, totally unreliable, but with an extraordinary sense of trajectories and highly knowledgeable about engines. Together, they will have to return to the track and win, while escaping their demons and learning what it means – and hard it is – to be a family.
514-271-2524 / firstname.lastname@example.org
June 11 to 16, 2017