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Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz

2018 FALL ITALIAN FILM & LECTURE SERIES
"Living by Differing Values"

Held under the auspices of Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco
SUNDAYS at 7:00p.m.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Cabrillo College, Aptos campus, in VAPA building 1000, Art History Forum room 1001
On ocean side of Soquel Drive; street parking is free, closest lot is L near Music and Theater buildings. YOU MUST PAY TO PARK!
All films in Italian with English subtitles
Logan Walker film lecturer, SJSU, will introduce and field questions about all films.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:30; SEATING IS LIMITED!
PARKING! Cabrillo is now enforcing parking. Be sure to pay and display your ticket. Parking on the street is FREE!


September 9, 2018
Il venditore di medicine (The Medicine Seller)
Director: Antonio Morabito, 2013

This festival favorite is, according to Variety, "more than just a topical issue movie cashing in on recent scandals, but a taut, stylish drama that addresses shady practices in the pharmaceutical industry. (It is) enriched by standout performances, a tight script and editing that expertly drive the tension forward." Director Morabito was nominated for a Nastro d'Argento award for Best Story, 2014. 110 minutes/Free

October 7, 2018
Dante is sponsoring this month's film at the Santa Cruz Film Festival (SCFF) at the Colligan Theater at the Tannery, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz. Current Dante Members are invited to attend a reception at 5:30 PM, at Radius Gallery, across from the theater. Members' price: $5 per person, reception and film. (Single membership admits 1 person at $5. Family membership admits 2 at $5 p. p.) Regular admission to film is $10. For more information on the festival see www.santacruzfilmfestival.org .

La vita in comune (The Ark of Disperata)
Director: Edoardo Winspeare, 2017
Pati and his brother Angiolino dreamed of becoming the Mafia bosses of Capo di Leuca, when Pati discovers his love of poetry while doing jail time. His teacher, mentor and inspiration, Filippo (also the beleaguered mayor of Disperata) and the brothers use the encounter with art to change the town's direction. A sweet and funny film, in which writer/director Winspeare employs his pugliesi friends and neighbors as actors for an authentic and genuine feel. 110 minutes/Admission charge NOTE SCREENING LOCATION, NOT AT CABRILLO!

November 4, 2018
How St. Francis of Assisi brought Nature into the Italian Renaissance
Lecture by Dr. Robert Davis
An exploration of the elements that distinguished the New Faith of St. Francis and how these helped shape the topics and approaches of Italian art after 1250. Dr. Davis taught Italian history at the Ohio State University. He has published eight books and numerous articles on Venice, Rome, pirates, bandits, and popular culture in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Free

December 9, 2018
Buon giorno papa (Out of the Blue)
Director: Edoardo Leo, 2013

Andrea (played by handsome Raul Bova) enjoys his never-ending string of one-night stands, and his career in product placement for films and TV is skyrocketing. Everything changes, though, when a non-standard teenager shows up and claims to be his daughter. Dante Alighieri Film Series favorite Edoardo Leo not only wrote and directed this comedic and touching film, but plays veteran lead actor Bova's roommate and underachieving side kick. The film was nominated for several prestigious awards, including best comedy, best original song, and received two best actor nominations. 109 minutes/Free