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2023 Festival Guide

The 17th edition of the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival is set for Nov. 2-5 at the Queen Street Playhouse. Prepare for an unforgettable journey through the best of contemporary Italian cinema.

This year’s poster pays homage to the great Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who died earlier this year.

Featured Films
The Schedule
the17th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival

The following are our featured films for 2023. All films are in Italian with English subtitles.

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The Schedule

Our featured guests for the 2023 Film Festival.

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The Schedule

Our Jurors

The Jurors for the 2023 Film Festival.

  • Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini
    Ermanno Di Febo Orsini
  • Virginia Friedman
    Virginia Friedman
  • Rodney Lee Rogers
    Rodney Rogers
  • Fred White
    Fred White
  • Bill Thompson
    Bill Thompson
  • Glenn German
    Glenn German

Festival Venue

For this year’s festival, the Queen Street Playhouse will be the venue for all events on the festival schedule.

“I am very happy that this year we will be able to bring the festival back to its pre-Covid status. The 13 movies to be screened at the festival this year are wide ranging, and include comedies, dramas and documentaries. We will have guest artists from Italy, live performances, and students assisting with the programs and interacting with the filmmakers. I’m thrilled we can share with Charleston audiences these critically acclaimed and award-winning movies, all recent releases, including “Nostalgia” by Mario Martone, which will represent Italy at the 2023 Academy Awards as an entry in the International Feature Film Award category.”

Dr. Giovanna De Luca

Dr. Giovanna De Luca

Founder and Artistic Director