New Italian Cinema 20

New Italian Cinema Events (NICE) opens 16 November 2016 at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.


Fifteen feature films will screen during the five-day mini festival, many of them works by emerging directors. This is a joint project of the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and NICE of Florence, Italy.

Second Spring directed by Francesco Calogero (Italy) 2016 is the opening night film and Like Crazy directed by Paolo Virzi (Italy/France) 2016 is the closing night film.

The Vogue Theatre is at 3290 Sacramento Street in San Francisco.

For more information and tickets see New Italian Cinema.

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French Teens

Youth directed by Justine Malle (France 2012) is a cinematic gem. The story is based on the relationship between the director and her famous father during the final year of his life. She struggles to find her own place in the world, dealing with the loss that looms unexpectedly near, preparing for final exams, and opening herself to romance. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is portrayed with quiet subtlety. This is a personal, moving film that touches the heart.


There are two more opportunities to see Youth at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas during the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival. Details at the San Francisco Film Society web site.

May Fools (Milou En Mai) directed by Louis Malle (France 1990) explored the impact of the revolutionary fervor of the Sixties on a French village.

Something In The Air (Apres Mai) directed by Olivier Assayas (France 2012) follows a group of young students in the aftermath of the 1968 Paris riots as they attempt to reconcile art and politics. It screens a final time during the festival at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Info and tickets available at the San Francisco Film Society.

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Call For Young Media Artists

Istanbul Digital is looking for young Greek and Turkish media artists in their twenties to early thirties to produce short films that explore what unites and divides the two neighbor countries. The deadline to register online is Sunday 12 February 2012. The main project partner is the Center For Research And Action On Peace, based in Athens.

Associate partners include European Cultural Foundation, Aeolis, The University Of The Aegean, Centre Of Education and Intercultural Communication, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Yildiz Technical University, and Anadolu University.

The overall theme of the North Aegean Narratives project is Rethinking Closeness and Apartness– Reconnecting with the Other Side. The ultimate goal is to foster mutual cultural understanding through open dialogue between Greeks and Turks. The project is co-funded by the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Turkey.

The eight Turkish and eight Greek filmmakers chosen to participate will first attend a documentary workshop before teaming up to work collaboratively on 16 short films that will later be screened in Adatepe, Athens, Çanakkale, Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, and Mytilene. Finally a closing conference will be held in Istanbul to evaluate the project and share the results with a wider audience.

For more information click on one of the red words above.

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