San Diego Italian Film Festival Launches 11th Season At MOPA
Festival kicks off 12 days of features and documentaries
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Antonio Iannotta, San Diego Italian Film Festival artistic director
Beth Accomando, KPBS arts reporter
"Fuocoammare" takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. The film shows how thousands of refugees risk their lives to make the brutal crossing from Africa. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi tries to foster a new understanding of what's happening in the region in terms of this migrant crisis.
Festival artistic director Antonio Iannotta pointed out that the film is "an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival."
"After the film we are also going to have a panel about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and migration situation in Italy," Iannotta said. "This is a very important topic for us but also a very important topic for our community here in San Diego."
A new focus for the festival this year is on independent and Italian American films. Two films represent this focus, "My Country" and "Tiramisu for Two."
On Saturday the festival hosts its annual gala. This year the theme is "From Naples With Love" so the food, music and films being screened are all centered around Naples.
Two other screenings with post-film panels are "Femminismo!," a documentary about the feminist movement in Italy with a post-film discussion led by Rebecca Romani on Oct. 11, and "Indivisibili," a drama about conjoined twin singers that will be followed by a panel of movie podcasters including Yazdi Pithavala, Miguel Rodriguez and myself.
Most of the film screenings take place at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The three exceptions are "Loro Chi?" at La Paloma, "Leoni" at the Fleet Science Center, and an encore of "Loro Chi?" at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
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