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Sacramento film festival celebrates Italian culture

Alec Baldwin, left, and Jesse Eisenberg star in Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love.”
Alec Baldwin, left, and Jesse Eisenberg star in Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love.” Sony Pictures Classics

The 33rd annual Sacramento Italian Film Festival kicks off Friday, at the Sacramento Italian Center in Carmichael. Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento, the series consists of six films that will be screened over the next nine months.

“I think the quality of the Italian film festival is very good,” said Bob Masullo, film series coordinator of the Italian Film Festival. “It gives people the opportunity to hear the Italian language spoken properly and it is a very pleasant way to experience Italian culture.”

Masullo said unlike other festivals that run during the course of one weekend, the Italian films are presented so attendees can experience the films and Italian culture repeatedly over time.

The films, chosen by Masullo in consultation with members of the Italian Cultural Society, are a mixture of recent films and classics.

Each of the films explores Italian subject matters. Four of the six films are in Italian with English subtitles. The films are screened at the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society, 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, and are open to the general public. Admission, which includes refreshments, is by a suggested $10 donation. All showings begin at 8 p.m. Information:, 916-482-5900.

▪ Friday: Il Sorpasso” (“The Overtaking,” also known as “The Easy Life”), drama/comedy, directed by Dino Risi; a shy law student and a extroverted wanderer set off on a car ride with unexpected results. Italian with English subtitles

▪ Oct. 16: “To Rome With Love,” romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen; the stories of an architect, a clerk, an undertaker and a honeymooning couple are tied together in Rome. English

▪  Jan. 15: “The Silent Mountain,” drama directed by Ernst Gossner; an Austrian soldier fights his way through the Alps during WWI to rescue his first love and escape the impending explosion that will rock the mountain. English and Italian

▪ Feb. 19: “Ti ricordi di me?” (“Do You Remember Me?”), romantic comedy directed by Rolando Ravello; a kleptomaniac boy falls for a girl with memory problems who keeps a diary to remind her of her past. Italian with English subtitles

▪ April 15: “Giulia non esce la sera” (“Giulia Doesn’t Date at Night”), thriller, directed by Giuseppe Piccioni; a married novelist falls in love with a swimming teacher. Italian with English subtitles

▪ May 20: “La grande bellezza” (“The Great Beauty”), fantasy, directed by Paolo Sorrentino; an aging playboy and novelist meets characters who cause him to reflect on his life and lack of fulfillment. Italian with English subtitles

Jennifer Crane: 916-321-1161, @Jenn_Crane