Italian Film Festival USA Boulder to present six critically acclaimed Italian films in April
The nation’s largest Italian film festival is back at the University of Colorado Boulder for another year of critically acclaimed Italian films—this time featuring thieves, forbidden love, Italian cuisine, pregnancy, prison and Caravaggio’s The Nativity.
The Italian Film Festival USA of Boulder, which runs during two weekends in April, will feature six recent films that are still largely unavailable in the United States in their native language with subtitles, as well as introductions by local experts and the film’s directors, all in an effort to expose the Boulder community to the people, language and culture of Italy through cinema.
Which, says Michela Ardizzoni, an associate professor of Italian at CU Boulder and one of the event’s co-organizers, is one of the main reasons behind the event.
“I feel that when people talk to me about Italy, they know gelato and pizza, which are great, and they do exist and they’re wonderful, but there’s more,” says Ardizzoni. “There’s more that is magnificent and there’s more that is not so good, and I think it’s important for people to know closer to the reality of what Italy is about.”
The festival began in St. Louis in 2005 with the hope that it would “provide the public the opportunity to see films that have not yet or may never be seen locally.” Since its inception, it’s grown steadily in communities across the United States, and has gotten to the point that last year more than 13,000 people attended the festival. Boulder first held the festival in 2010, with the current organizers—Ardizzoni and Cosetta Seno, an associate professor of Italian—taking over in 2016.
This year, the festival has expanded and will be held in 14 different cities: Boston, Boulder, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Memphis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City and St. Louis.
The festival, however, is a little different in each city, where local organizers choose what and how many films they show. This year, the Boulder chapter of the festival will have six films:
This event is sponsored by the French and Italian, Media Studies, Women and Gender Studies and Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts departments and is free and open to the public.