Every year, the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul, in partnership with the MSP Film Society, presents a series of outstanding contemporary films with the goal of broadening the view of Italy and offering a new perspective on the country and its people.
This year, Dr. Federico Pacchioni was invited to serve as the film history consultant by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul and to deliver a series of virtual talks during the upcoming Italian Film Festival. In his talk series, titled Viaggio nel Cinema, Dr. Pacchioni will provide an overview of the national characteristics of Italian film production, including representative genres, filmmakers and actors, ranging from the silent period until today.
The 12th Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (IFF) presents eleven new films, including four U.S. premieres of the documentary work of three women (Valentina Pedicini, Elisa Fuksas, and Doriana Monaco). The festival includes also heartwarming stories of love, hope, family and friendship such as: Gli Anni Più Belli (The Best Years) by internationally acclaimed director Gabriele Muccino, Cosa Sarà by Francesco Bruni, Lacci by Daniele Luchetti, Il Grande Passo by Antonio Padovan, and Una Promessa, by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio. Ten years after his death, the festival celebrates Italy’s Maestro of commedia all’Italiana: Mario Monicelli. Anna Magnani and Toto’ star in his comedic gem Risate di Gioia.