The new Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum at LACMA West is just in the planning stages, but classic and contemporary cinema from Italy will preview what the international films exhibits could be like at the 2013 Los Angeles Italia Film Festival. This annual event starts Sunday, February 17 at the Mann Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. The location adjacent to the home of the Academy Awards program at the Dolby Theater also affords an excellent preview of the preparations for the Oscars.
The opening day of the 2013 Los Angeles Italia Film Festival will include the World Premiere of “Mont Reve,” an intriguing look at rivalries at a Swiss academy. The film’s actors as well as producers Mario Rivelli and India Irving will be attending the event. Another World Premiere “Doc Giuliano Gemma: An Italian in the World” will conclude the evening program.
Cinema museum supporters will want to be sure to see “The Mattei Affair” directed by Francesco Rosi on Tuesday, February 19 in the morning or Wednesday, February 20 in the early afternoon. It historic footage was restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata in association with The Film Foundation, Paramount Pictures, and the National Museum of Cinema in Turin.
The one week special event will also feature musical tributes. On Monday, February 18, music by the Italian composer Lucio Dalla will play with the soundtrack of “Quijote,” directed by Mimmo Paladino in the early afternoon. On Thursday, February 21, a special event will take place in downtown Los Angeles: A Night at The Grammy Museum with Zucchero "Sugar" Fornaciari. This special event is by invitation only. You can request an invitation by email at this link.
Most screenings are free on a first come first served basis. http://www.losangelesitalia.com/en/official-program-2013.htmlThe complete schedule -- and details about advance reservation events -- are online at this link.