The Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit will again bring current top-notch films from Italy to Detroit area audiences throughout the month of April. Opening night will be Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre with La pazza gioia (Like Crazy).
Weekend screenings will then continue throughout the month at various locations, including Wayne State University (Detroit), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and Henry Ford College (Dearborn).
La stoffa dei sogni (The Stuff of Dreams) will close the festival on April 30 at the Detroit Film Theatre. A full schedule will be announced soon. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
“The 2017 Italian Film Festival USA marks ten years that film lovers have enjoyed exceptional foreign films in Detroit, and continues our collaboration with cities across the country,” said Elena Past, festival organizing committee member. “This year’s event features a diverse lineup of Italy’s best offerings in contemporary cinema. We are also excited to announce a new program of short films, part of our 10th anniversary celebration in Metro Detroit.”
A variety of genres from comedies to dramas to documentaries will be featured throughout the festival along with the five to eight short films being presented in recognition of the festival’s 10 years in Detroit. Both the opening and closing films will bring many laughs to the audience.
The festival commences with La pazza gioia (Like Crazy), directed by Paolo Virzì. In this 2016 comedy, Beatrice, a self-styled billionaire who likes to believe she is on intimate terms with world leaders, and Donatella, a tattooed and fragile introvert, meet as patients at a progressive, yet secure psychiatric clinic. A friendship develops and the two flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the outside world.
The concluding film, La stoffa dei sogni (The Stuff of Dreams), directed by Gianfranco Cabiddu, is a comedic drama in which a boat carrying a small acting company and a group of dangerous members of Camorra, a Mafia-type crime group, wrecks on the shores of an island prison in the middle of the Mediterranean. Unable to distinguish the dangerous men of Camorra from the real actors, the prison director forces them all to put on a play that will reveal the actors and the criminals, resulting in a comedy, inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Eduardo De Filippo’s Art of Comedy, full of twists and turns.
All films will be shown in original language with English subtitles, ovviamente.
Founded in 2005, the Italian Film Festival USA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that screens, for free, premiers of contemporary award-winning Italian films. With 11 other major metropolitan cities and more than 10,000 viewers, the festival is one of a kind in all the United States. Last year’s event in Metro Detroit drew more than 3,500 people and was the most highly attended.