My friends Mike Jones and James Parrish of the Richmond Moving Image Coop have put together another Italian film fest. Just like last year they will serve up four feature films and plenty of tasty Italian food. The information below was provided by Parrish. Combine classic and groundbreaking Italian films with classic and mouthwatering Italian food […]
My friends Mike Jones and James Parrish of the Richmond Moving Image Coop have put together another Italian film fest. Just like last year they will serve up four feature films and plenty of tasty Italian food. The information below was provided by Parrish.
Combine classic and groundbreaking Italian films with classic and mouthwatering Italian food to experience a feast for the all the senses. The 5th Italian Food & Film Festival is sponsored by the Richmond Moving Image Co-op and these restaurants: Mamma ‘Zu, 8 1/2 and Edo’s Squid.
Sat., Feb. 2, 2008
at the Firehouse Theatre (1609 W. Broad St.)
$15 per person includes a movie and genuine Italian fare!
Buy two tickets for the same show for $25!
Limited number of all-day passes available for $45, includes all four movies with food!
Passes sold in advance at the Video Fan, 403 N. Strawberry St. (in the Fan).
Note: beverages sold separately.
11 a.m. Feature:
“La Grande Strada Azzurra” (The Wide Blue Road); directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, 1957, color, 99 minutes
Pontecorvo, best known for Battle of Algiers and Burn! in the 1960s, made his first feature in the hallowed neo-realist tradition—human tragedy set against the direst of social circumstance. Set in a small village on the Adriatic coast, fisherman Yves Montand manages to feed his family by taking his sons with him to deeper and deeper waters where he illegally employs dynamite to enhance his catch.
2 p.m. Feature:
“La Mortadella” (Lady Liberty); directed by Mario Monicelli, 1972, color, 95 minutes
Starring the incomparable Sophia Loren as an Italian émigré and bride-to be trying to smuggle an enormous sausage through U. S. Customs, La Mortadella is a spirited satire on cultural impact. Unable to satisfy the red tape guys, more inventive ways of smuggling are devised with mad-cap, comic results. It features American actors Willaim Devane, Danny DeVito, Ed Herrmann and Susan Sarandon.
5 p.m. Feature:
“Giulietta Degli Spiriti” (Juliet of the Spirits); directed by Federico Fellini, 1965, color, 137 minutes
Fellini’s first color film is a lavishing, loving look at and tribute to his wife, actress Giulietta Masina, who stars in this surrealistic portrait of sexual fantasy and desire. Stuck in a lifeless marriage, Masina’s character loses herself in an almost hallucinatory exploration of who she really is and what she really wants. A kind of Candide meets Diary of a Mad Housewife, in mind-blowing wide-screen Technicolor.
8 p.m. Feature:
“Divorzio All’Italiana” (Divorce Italian Style); directed by Pietro Germi, 1961, color, 104 minutes
Hilarious Oscar-winning farce starring the inimitable Marcello Mastroianni as a middle-aged man who falls for his beautiful young cousin, Stephanie Sandrelli. Unable to get a divorce from his wife, Daniela Rocca, he plots to have her appear unfaithful, and then kill her in a fit of rage. Threads start unwinding almost from the beginning as the laughs pile up in this delicious dark comedy from the swinging sixties! Academy Award for screenwriting!
The Italian Film and Food Festival is an annual fundraiser in support of the Richmond Moving Image Co-op.
FLICKER’s Attack of the 50-ft. Reels
Wanted: 20 courageous filmmakers to produce 3-minute Super 8 films to be shown at the James River Film Festival in April.
Here’s how it works: The first 20 people to fill out the entry form and return it with the $25 entry fee get one roll of Super 8 film +processing and the opportunity to make a 3-minute movie.
The catch is you must edit in-camera —that is you have to film in the order you want each scene to appear [unlike the way most movies are made]. When you finish, return the film to Flicker and we’ll send it off for processing. To add a little intrigue, the first time the filmmakers get to see their films is during a special 10th anniversary FLICKER during the 2008 James River Film Festival. (more…)