Viva Italia! The Passion of Italian Cinema

Wed, Feb 28 at 7:30pm

Single Ticket, LA GRANDE BELLEZA (THE GREAT BEAUTY), Wed April 24, 7:30 pm
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LA GRANDE BELEZZA (THE GREAT BEAUTY, Paolo Sorrentino, 2013). Overflowing with the sensual pleasures of Rome, this enchanting film could be called ROMA in homage to the realm of Maestro Federico Fellini's cinematic art, he who called Rome "the Internal City" of soul-searching. Like one of Fellini's heroes, Jep (the world discovers actor Toni Servillo), thinks about how his love of Roman high life and the idea of Beauty shaped his path in life. He's just turned sixty-five, and long ago he published a serious novel, but now he's most known for leading an endless party of socialites, intellectuals and artists. Maybe its not too late to pick up his pen again, and still enjoy the sunset over the Coliseum. Winner of twenty-four international awards, including Best Foreign Film Oscar. 115 minutes.
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Festa Italiana and Greg Olson Productions Present


See life as a human comedy, embrace beauty, feel deeply, pursue the sweet life with Italian gusto. Festa Italiana and Greg Olson Productions present a series of nine films that illuminate the golden age of 1960s-1970s Italian cinema. When traditional ways of thinking and behaving were challenged by liberated philosophical, political, social and sexual views and mores. 

DIVORCE, ITALIAN STYLE, THE ORGANIZER, LA NOTTE (THE NIGHT) (we begin with a three-film tribute to supreme Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni; the first two films are in 35mm), ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, IL SORPASSO (THE EASY LIFE), MAMMA ROMA, THE CONFORMIST, INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION, LA GRANDE BELEZZA (THE GREAT BEAUTY), a stunning Oscar-winning reflection and progression of the 60s-70s spirit. Rare 35mm prints and 4K restorations by Martin Scorsese and Gucci, Cinecitta, Cineteca di Bologna, Foundazione Bernardo Bertolucci, Cineteca Nationale, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Films in Italian with English subtitles. Poet and film curator Tova Gannana will provide a pre-film Viva Italia! Music Playlist. 

Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm, February 28-April 24 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater in the heart of the lower Queen Anne restaurant district. Uptown concessions include wine, beer, coffees and teas. 

Series tickets for nine films: $80 for members of Festa Italiana, Dante Alighieri Society, SIFF, SAM, UW Italian Studies and Cinema Studies, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, Cornish, NWFF, SFI, TheFilmSchool, Scarecrow Video and KING FM. 

Series tickets for general public: $90. 

Single tickets: $15 for all.

Present your ticket on the day of the film at any Tutta Bella Pizzeria and receive a 10% discount on the total price. Series tickets can be used each of the series' nine weeks. Ticket buyers can use the code ITALIA for a 10% discount at the Mediterranean Inn, across from the Uptown Theater, any night from February 28 through April 24.

No Refunds. No Ticket Exchanges. Thank you for your consideration.

Remeber that the UptownTheater has 200 fewer seats than the Egyptian, and fills up quicker.


See you in the Italian sunshine,

Greg Olson

SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater

Seattle, WA