One of the main Italian contemporary cinematic geniuses is Matteo Garrone, a 50 years old director, screenwriter, and producer from Rome. Born and raised in an artistic context, his father is a theater critic and his mother a photographer. His most well-known works are “Estate Romana” (2000) “L’imbalsamatore” (2002), the world-famous “Gomorra” (200...

Cinema Italian Style, the five-day film festival bringing the best of contemporary Italian filmmaking to Santa Monica, is putting on a short film contest for film students from Santa Monica College, USC, Chapman University and the New York Film Academy Los Angeles. The winner will get a 4-day trip to Rome (roundtrip flight and hotel accommodation),...

“Call me! Federico Fellini wants to see you.” When actress Dina Morrone received this message from her agent, she didn’t think much of it and believing it was just a joke, she didn’t call her back. But the famous Italian director was indeed looking for a blonde girl for his first ever commercial. It was for Banca di Roma, and he wanted to audition...

Composer Ennio Morricone is celebrating his 90th birthday on Nov. 10, and he has been nothing but prolific as of late. He won his second Oscar at 87 for scoring Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and is currently on The 60 Years of Music Tour of Europe, which runs through late January 2019. While his work for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is c...

Have you ever wondered about the men who work in the funeral homes? This past Sunday night over 100 people attended the movie “Stiffs” in the Lynn Auditorium to find out. “Stiffs” is a black comedy starring Danny Aiello, who has appeared in “Moonstruck”, “Do the Right Thing” and a special appearance in Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” music video. In...

The photography exhibition, organized by Istituto Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, depicts Monica Vitti’s life, style and films illustrating in detail the actress and woman adored in Italy and abroad. The exhibition’s title La Dolce Vitti recalls the timeless classic Italian movie (La Dolce Vita by...

Westsiders know that Santa Monica is a great place to dine on Italian food, shop for fine Italian fashion and spot some impressive Italian sports cars. What many may not know, however, is every year Santa Monica becomes the premier location in the country to experience the joys of Italian cinema. Every November Santa Monica is home to Cinema Italia...

Congratulations to a longtime friend of NIAF whose singing has enlivened many NIAF events, Cristina Fontanelli, for receiving the Best Actress Award in Comedy in a major NYC Film Festival on October 21. The film “Santino” was directed by DJ Higgins, a former NIAF grant recipient for the Russo Brothers Film Forum. “Santino” was among the 60 films sc...

Four female Italian bandits known as “Le Drude” are the protagonists of “My Body Will Bury You” a Sicily-set revenge drama/Western set in 1860 that is among standout titles presented to prospective buyers and sales agents during the Rome MIA market’s What’s Next Italy showcase. This second feature by Giovanni La Parola, whose bittersweet comedy deb...

On Wednesday, November 14 at 7 PM, on the eve of his 76th birthday, Martin Scorsese returns to his childhood parish, the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mott and Prince Streets, for a conversation about how his youthful imagination was inspired by his church and his neighborhood of Little Italy.  Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM...