Italian Film Festival returns to IUPUI for fifth year

  • March 30, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Italian Film Festival returns to Indianapolis for a fifth year on April 1 with a slate of eight films running through April 16.

Indianapolis is one of 13 cities around the nation hosting the Italian Film Festival USA. The festival is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The films will be shown in the Lilly Auditorium, on the lower level of the IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. All films are presented with English subtitles and are free and open to the public.

The first three films, with times and dates of showing, are:

"Noi E La Guilia" ("The Legendary Giulia"), comedy, 6 p.m. Friday, April 1

Three 40-year-olds flee the city and, joined by two zany characters, decide to open a rural B&B. Their dreams are blocked by the local mobster who, arriving in a vintage Alfa Romeo, asks for protection money. This threat forces them to rebel in a most daring way.

"I Bambini Sanno" ("The Children Know"), documentary, 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Thirty-nine children, from northern to southern Italy, are interviewed in their own rooms. The camera thus becomes the means to discover the world through the eyes of the children; to understand their take on "grownup stuff"; and to discover their future projects, their dreams and their points of view on life's big issues: love, family and religion.

"Io, Arlecchino" ("I, Harlequin"), drama, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Paolo Milesi, host of a famous television program, is forced to return to his hometown to take care of his father, himself a well-known actor and interpreter of the Harlequin character. The old wounds of their difficult relationship are reopened while Paolo slowly rediscovers the fascinating world of the Commedia Dell'Arte -- a world that will make him question his own superficial existence.

A complete schedule of films and additional information is available on the Italian Film Festival website. 

Scene from "The Legendary Giulia"

Scene from "The Legendary Giulia"

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Diane Brown
Genevieve Shaker