December 3, 2023

The San Diego Italian Movie Competition returns Tuesday with in-person and on-line screenings of films, a lot of that are making their San Diego debuts.

This 12 months’s fest, which runs by Oct. 14, will present movies at the Museum of Photographic Arts and San Diego Museum of Artwork in Balboa Park, in addition to La Paloma in Encinitas and Digital Health club at UC San Diego’s Park & Market. 

The occasion slate contains romantic comedies, impartial movies, dramas, documentaries and different Italian movies and can conclude with the fun-filled Festa, a celebration with award-winning Italian meals and wine and dwell music, at MOPA.

The opening movie, on Thursday, is Siccità. The 2022 satirical ensemble drama, set in Rome, is a few drought and subsequent water scarcity that take their toll on town’s inhabitants, maybe suggesting the upcoming finish of days.

The closing movie, Beata te, screening on Oct. 13, focuses on a theater director who receives a divine go to that she challenges, prompting the angel to stick with her for some time.

Competition passes begin at $75, whereas admission to particular person screenings is $16.

The pageant’s theme, “Ahead” represents the organizers want to re-imagine its choices for a rising and evolving viewers and group.

Antonio Iannotta, the pageant’s creative director, stated the aim of this 12 months’s feStivale is to increase the movie pageant’s attain with a various providing of movies and places in order that extra individuals can be uncovered to cutting-edge Italian cinema and an Italian perspective.

Organizers are also protecting the legacy of pageant founder and former president, Victor Laruccia, in thoughts. He died in March 2021. 

“That is our first feStivale with out Victor’s steering, and so we selected to protect his imaginative and prescient with the films and occasions that can transfer the group ahead, whereas nonetheless being true to our values and mission,” Iannetta stated. “Victor’s aim was at all times to construct a piazza of kinds the place the group may take pleasure in Italian movies and tradition whereas additionally sharing their views and insights with one another.”

The group additionally has reshaped their annual celebration and fundraiser to be a extra informal and livelier affair.

The 2023 Festa will function meals from the Ciccia Osteria, a Michelin-recognized restaurant in Barrio Logan, Italian wines, hand-made desserts from Gelato Love and the music of S.T. Cats, a a neighborhood Italian cowl band.

Festa additionally will function the fifth Annual Ristretto Awards, the pageant’s quick movies competitors, which options submissions from all over the world that discover the themes of Italian tradition and identification.

Word: Picture credit score, Nonetheless from San Diego Italian Movie Competition, @SanDiegoItalianFilmFestival by way of YouTube