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2013 Atlanta Italian Film Festival: 3 Must-See Movies

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In the last few years there have been disappointingly few Italian movies to hit Atlanta theaters. The seventh edition of the Italian Film Festival in Atlanta, running from Thursday, April 11, through Sunday, April 14, aims to help remedy that.

This year the Italian Film Festival has moved to the always-enjoyable Plaza Theatre on Ponce De Leon Ave. Tickets are running $10 a pop and are only available on the day of the movie’s screening. All films are in Italian with English subtitles.

The 2013 lineup is heavy on Italian comedies, such as the crowd-pleasing opener Immaturi, il Viaggio (Immature, the Trip). The full festival schedule, including summaries and trailers, is available at

Although it would have been nice to see a few more dramas included, since recent award winners Caesar Must Die (Italy’s 2012 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film), Reality and Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy are yet to screen in Atlanta, there’s still plenty of worthy viewing to be had at this year’s festival.

Here are three movies from the 2013 Atlanta Italian Film Festival that fans of foreign films and all things Italy will definitely want to check out:

Si puo Fare (We Can Do That)
Si puo Fare (We Can Do That) Cinema Italy

Si puo Fare (We Can Do That)

 One of the five Italian films pre-selected as the Best Foreign Film submission for the 82nd Academy Awards (along with Fortapàsc, The Big Dream, Vincere and eventual submission Baarìa), Si puo Fare was a big player at the 2009 David di Donatello (Italian Oscars) Awards, nabbing nine nominations. Nods for the comedy included Best Film, Director (Giulio Manfredonia), Actor (Claudio Bisio) and Screenplay (Fabio Bonifacci and Manfredonia).

Bisio, who Italian movie fans may recognize from 1991’s Oscar winner Mediterraneo, plays Nello, a Milanese businessman who has lost his job and finds himself managing a cooperative of former mental patients. A strong believer in the dignity of work, Nello encourages every cooperative member to learn a trade in order to free themselves from their dependence on charity handouts – with occasionally tumultuous results.

4/12/13 - 9:30 PM - Plaza Theatre

Nessuno mi puo Giudicare (Escort in Love)
Nessuno mi puo Giudicare (Escort in Love) Cinema Italy

Nessuno mi puo Giudicare (Escort in Love)

 Paolo Cortellisi snagged the Best Actress award at the 2011 David di Donatello Awards for her role as Alice, a 30-something seemingly living the dream in Rome, with three housekeepers at her beck and call, a happy marriage and a 9-year-old son.

But when Alice’s husband dies in a car accident and her financial situation turns dire, she turns to the oldest profession in the world to make ends meet.

Director Massimiliano Bruno’s comedic take on this situation scored four additional David di Donatello nominations outside of Cortellisi’s win, including Best Supporting Actor (Rocco Papaleo), Best Supporting Actress (Anna Foglietta) and Best New Director.

4/13/13 - 9:30 PM - Plaza Theatre

L'Estate di Martino (Martino's Summer)
L'Estate di Martino (Martino's Summer) Cinema Italy

L'Estate di Martino (Martino's Summer)

This European festival fave, a 2011 Italian Golden Globe nominee for Best First Feature, takes place in the summer of 1980. Director Massimo Natale’s romantic drama centers on Martino (Luigi Cardo), an introverted 14-year-old who’s spending his vacation with an older brother and his friends.

One day they see three American soldiers surfing in the beach inside the military zone controlled by NATO. Martino is impressed by the soldiers’ skills and enters the forbidden beach through a hole in the net, where he runs into Captain Jeff Clark (veteran actor Treat Williams). A strange friendship is born between the two, growing with the surfing lessons Captain Clark is giving Martino while he’s falling in love with his older brother’s friend.

4/14/13 - 5:30 PM - Plaza Theatre

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