Italian Culture on Our Screen with the San Diego Italian Film Festival

MOPA has always been a premiere Southern California locale to interact with photography’s past and present, but you may forget that the Museum is also a wonderful venue to experience diverse and rarely screened films from around the world. A huge opportunity to see cinema at its finest just kicked off this past weekend with the San Diego Italian Film Festival and we want to remind you to come to MOPA and see the moving pictures we have on display.

Now in its fifth year at MOPA, the San Diego Italian Film Festival has grown into an amazing conduit to enjoy Italian culture. From October 29th through November 12th, the festival features 15 spectacular movies that evoke laughter, tears, and passion. To open the festival, a retrospective of three pinnacle films that helped establish the Italian Neorealism genre, were screened. All shown on 35mm, two of these gorgeous films were U.S. premieres and are unlikely to be shown in San Diego again.

If you missed that opportunity, don’t worry the festival continues with a variety of great movies to choose from. See director Paolo Virzi’s award winning 2010 film La prima cosa bella (The first beautiful thing), enjoy a witty romantic comedy like Generazione mille euro (The 1000-euro Generation) or take an Italian thriller with La doppia ora (The Double Hour). Each screening begins at 7:00pm and is always well attended, so make sure you arrive early. Every movie is free except the closing film, Diciotto anni dopo (Eighteen years later), which is part of the festival’s Gala. An evening with Italian music and cinema, enchanting food, fine wine and kind-hearted company that is well worth the ticket price.

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