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13th Annual Italian Film Festival
November 7 @ 6:00 pm - November 10 @ 6:00 pm
Now in its 13th year, the four-day Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF) opens at the Queen Street Playhouse, 20 Queen St., with an evening screening and Italian food on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The festival runs through Nov. 10.
Celebrating contemporary Italian cinema and culture with film screenings, conversations with filmmakers and special events, NCIFF presents 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.
In fact, since its creation, NCIFF has grown into the premiere event of its kind in the Southeast, promoting Italian art, language and culture.
“The festival is the biggest Italian event in South Carolina and is heavily anticipated by the community interested in world culture,” says De Luca, who serves as the artistic director of the festival. “It brings a lot of visibility to the College of Charleston, not only in Charleston but also in America, because it is the biggest Italian film festivals on a campus.”
Largely supported by the College of Charleston, it is also pretty big among CofC students.
This year’s festival 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 Paolo Virzì’s Magic Nights, 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 and a compelling examination of the junior mafia in Naples.
All movies are in Italian with English subtitles. And, each year, NCIFF 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, Nov. 10, 2019.
Individual tickets are $10 per screening and are available at nuovocinemaitaliano.com and at the box office one hour prior to the screening.
NCIFF receives critical support from the College of Charleston, local and international businesses and nonprofit organizations, and individual donors.