San Diego Italian Film Festival pays tribute to its late founder

May 13, 2022 172

BY: Beth Accomando

In March, the San Diego Italian Film Festival lost its founder Victor Laruccia to an aggressive form of stomach cancer. He was 80 years old. The festival will celebrate his life with a screening of the Italian film "Mine vaganti/Loose Cannons" at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Victor Laruccia was a big teddy bear of a man, and like a teddy bear he exuded warmth and comfort. You just felt better in his presence. He also had a brilliant mind, a hungry curiosity and a passion for life. Laruccia came to me more than a decade ago to float the idea of a San Diego Italian Film Festival and wanted to know if I might have any advice.

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SOURCE: https://www.kpbs.org

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