The Vancouver Italian Film Festival is back with its popular combination of the best in contemporary Italian cinema balanced with a celebration of Italy’s unparalleled movie heritage.
Our Opening Gala ($25) includes a buffet courtesy of the Italian Cultural Centre, live music, complimentary glass of wine, and first look at an exhibition of photographs from the making of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s classic, The Arabian Nights (screening in the festival, Saturday night), plus a ticket to the BC premiere of our opening film, the all-star ensemble comedy Latin Lover, with Francesco Scianna, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marisa Paredes and the late, great Virna Lisa in her last screen role. (Cash bar.)
Doors are at 5.45, the film is at 7.15, and check out our special double bill price if you would like to stay for Fellini’s marvellous I Vitelloni, which screens from 9.30.
Saverio Crispo (Francesco Scianna), a dashing fictional film idol, has been dead for 10 years but still exerts a powerful magnetism. In the Italian comedy Latin Lover, the women in his life gather in his hometown for a memorial service and reunion attended by his two wives, Ramona (Marisa Paredes) and Rita (Virna Lisi, in her final screen appearance) and assorted offspring. He left behind five daughters from relationships in different countries.
Directed by Cristina Commencini, daughter of the great Italian filmmmaker Luigi Commencini,the movie is "filled with comic intrigue" (New York Times), and has an outstanding performance by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, who plays Saverio’s French daughter. His legacy is commemorated in witty bogus film clips in which the star suggests a composite of Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman and other vintage Italian screen heartthrobs.
Latin Lover screens again Mon 11 at 6.30pm and Thurs 14, at 1pm
"A marvelous comedic ensemble piece about the (often faulty) perceptions and expectations that surround the concepts of love, family and legacy. The mostly female cast (including the late Italian actress Virna Lisi in her final film role) drives this lively, amusing and slightly absurd story around several highly entertaining plot twists without ever losing its way." Mariana Howard, The Upcoming