4:00 The Woman Of My Dreams
Eighth Annual New Italian Film Festival at Stony Brook University
Wang Center Theatre
Saturday November 5, 2011
2:00 - Senso
1954. Restored 2011 (119 min.)
Director, Luchino Visconti.
Cast: Alida Valli and Farley Granger
Set in Venice in 1866, as the Austrian occupation of the city was
challenged by Garibaldi’s nationalist forces, Senso is the story of
a self-destructive love affair. A nationalist countess Livia (Alida Valli),
finds herself drawn to an Austrian lieutenant, Franz (Farley Granger),
despite his enemy status and reputation as a womanizer and gambler.
This new high-definition transfer was recently released by the Criterion
4:00 - The Woman Of My Dreams
(LA DONNA DELLA MIA VITA)
2010 (92 min.)
Director: Luca Lucini.
Cast: Luca Argentero, Alessandro Gassman & Stefania Sandrelli
Alba (Stefania Sandrelli) has two very different sons. While
Giorgio (Alessandro Gassman) is a playboy who cheats on his
wife, while Leonardo (Luca Argentero) is always unlucky in
love. When Leonardo finally meets the woman of his dreams,
cellist Sara (Valentina Lodovini) he brings her home to meet the
family…but it appears that this is not the first time that Sara has
6:00 The Double Hour
(LA DOPPIA ORA)
2010 (92 min.)
Director: Giuseppe Capotondi
Cast: Kseniya Rappoport, Filippo Timi and Antonia Truppo
A romantic thriller. The title refers to any time when the hour and minute
consist of the same numbers (i.e., 10:10). According to Guido, (Filippo Timi)
former cop, whenever a clock shows the double hour, you can make a wish.
Or at least, that's what he tells his latest conquest, Slovenian immigrant,
Sonia (Rappoport). New to Turin and the speed-dating scene, Sonia has just
started working as a chambermaid at a high-end hotel Against all odds, the
two hit it off straight away and a romance quickly develops until things
suddenly take a dark turn. Nominee, Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival).
Sunday November 6, 2011
2:00 -The Solitude of Prime Numbers
(LA SOLITUDINE DEI NUMERI PRIMI)
2010 (114 min.)
Director: Saverio Costanzo
Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Marinelli, Martina Albano &
Based on the international best seller by Paolo Giordano.
Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International
Film Festival. In 1984, Mattia (Tommaso Neri) is a bright little
kid with an autistic twin sister (Giorgia Pizzo). Alice (Martina
Albano) has an overbearing father who pushes her far beyond her capabilities on a skiing trip. When
the two meet in high school, Alice (Arianna Nastro) is a shy sophomore whose limp makes her the
target of cruel jokes by the other students; and Mattia (Vittorio Lomartire) is a severely withdrawn
but brilliant student who has started cutting himself. Alice and Mattia become friends, but lose
contact when Mattia leaves to work in Germany. Eight years later, Alice, by now divorced and
approaching a breakdown, writes Mattia a note asking him to come back to Italy.
4:00 - I, Don Giovanni
(IO, DON GIOVANNI )
2010 (120 min)
Director: Carlos Saura.
Cast: Lorenzo Balducci, Lino Guanciale and Emilia Verginelli.
The backstage intrigue behind the creation of one of the world's greatest
operas. Lorenzo Da Ponte (Lorenzo Balducci) arrives Vienna with a letter
of introduction from his friend Casanova (Tobias Moretti). This leads to an
introduction to composer, Salieri, (Ennio Fantastichini) who asks Da Ponte
to write a libretto, but, when the composer becomes disinterested, he
passes it to Mozart (Lino Guanciale). As Da Ponte indulges in several love
affairs and Mozart struggles to write the score, their adventures parallel the
story Da Ponte and Mozart are setting to music. Beautifully photographed
by Vittorio Storaro. Official selection, Toronto Film Festival.
6:00 Weddings and Other Disasters.
(MATRIMONI E ALTRI DISASTRI)
2009 (95 min.)
Director: Nina Di Majo.
Cast: Fabio Volo, Margherita Buy, Luciana Littizzetto.
A bookstore owner, (Margherita Buy) gets caught up in her
younger sister’s impending nuptials in this delightful
romantic comedy. When Giovanna (Margherita Buy) agrees
to work with Alessandro (Fabio Volo), her sister’s fiancé,
whom she finds brash and arrogant, they are both surprised
by a burgeoning attraction to one another. Amid the stunning
backdrop of central Florence, Giovanna’s love life comes to
its humorous and touching conclusion.