The San Joaquin Film Society presents Cinema Italia, an SJFS Global Cinema Series, featuring the works of gifted and new Italian filmmakers and storytellers, celebrating and sharing the contemporary Italian experience!
The Opening Night of Cinema Italia featured the Film Society's Spring Gala, an exquisite celebration featuring: the highly-anticipated announcement of The Official Selection of the first 100 films of the May 2009's San Joaquin International Film Festival, the biggest film festival to ever take place in the Valley; along with edible treats and a presentation of Silvio Soldini's "Days and Clouds."
Three feature films and six short films made up the program of Cinema Italia, with an eclectic collection sharing the themes of family, immigration, romance, friendship, cultural exchange, globalization, the economy, history, coming-of-age, sports, and ethical issues. The Il Film Corto Italian Discovery Programme showcased a rare and riveting collection of short films making their North American, USA, and California premieres. New Italian director, Andrea Lodovichetti of "Under My Garden," was the special visiting filmmaker. A VIP Welcome Reception was held on Friday, February 20th (more info).
For more information on the San Joaquin Film Society, the presenting organization, visit sjiff.org
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special guest from italy
AN EVENING WITH ITALIAN DIRECTOR ANDREA LODOVICHETTI, CLICK FOR INFO.