Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, in partnership with the College of Charleston, announced the 13th edition of the four-day festival celebrating contemporary Italian cinema and culture with film screenings, conversations with filmmakers, and special events, will take place next month. The festival, located this year at the Queen Street Playhouse, opens with an evening screening on Thursday, November 7th, and concludes Sunday evening, November 10th.
Individual tickets are $10 each per screening and will be released for purchase online by October 25th. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the box office one hour prior to the screening.
The festival this year features screenings of important new movies by Italian filmmakers. It opens with an homage to the Italian cinematic tradition of Comedy Italian Style with the U.S. premiere of Do Not Stop Me Now, starring Paola Cortellesi, a celebrated Italian comedian. Also on tap are Magic Nights by Paolo Virzì, a sour comedy about the hopes and disappointments of three young screenwriters in the early 1990s, and Claudio Giovannesi’s Pirahnas, winner for best screenplay at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, Pirahnas, written by Roberto Saviano of Gommorah fame, is a compelling examination of the junior mafia in Naples. A full schedule of film screenings and special events will be available at nuovocinemaitaliano.com by October 14th.
“The 13th edition of NCIFF this year is taking place at a new venue,” Giovanna De Luca, festival founder and artistic director and professor of Italian Studies at the College of Charleston, said. “With the Sottile Theatre under renovation, we are excited to hold our event at the Queen Street Playhouse, a charming and historic venue not unlike the cinema d’essai theaters, or art film theaters, in Italy. This year we again devote a portion of our festival to Neapolitan cinema, presenting three Naples-based films that have achieved international success. We also continue to screen important new Jewish-Italian movies.”
Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival aims to present “the most artistically significant works of contemporary Italian cinema, from both established and emerging directors.” The festival hosts directors, actors and screenwriters each year, offering audiences a chance to interact directly with the filmmakers behind the work on display.
The festival is the premiere event of its kind in the Southeast United States, promoting Italian art, language, and culture. All movies are in Italian with English subtitles. Each year, it assembles an independent jury of film experts to evaluate the offerings and decide on a winner. The jury prize is awarded at a ceremony following the final screening on Sunday evening.