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FILMFEST DC - ITALIAN FILM "VIVA LA LIBERTA'" - SCHEDULE APR. 17 ~ 27, 2014

 

                   FILMFEST DC  - MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
                         ITALIAN FILM  "VIVA LA LIBERTA"

 

 

Filmfest DC is back for its 28th year with new exciting features, documentaries, and shorts representing the best in new cinema around the globe! For a schedule of ALL INTERNATIONAL films CLICK HERE

 

 

                      

                  FILMFEST  DC  – “ITALIAN”  FILM SCHEDULE

                     NOTES: NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA

         (ALL ITALIAN films In Italian with English subtitles)

 

 

 

                                   THE MERCURY FACTOR

                         FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

LANDMARK  E  St., NW Cinema -[masked]th St., NW | WASH. DC -  NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE 

                      MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

LANDMARK  E  St., NW Cinema -[masked]th St., NW | WASH. DC - NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE

 

THE MERCURY FACTOR - directed by Luca Barbareschi – Italy, 2013, 95 min. Barbareschi directed, co-wrote, and stars in this thriller as Matteo, a suavely cynical operator who sells everything to everyone everywhere.  What he mostly deals in is adulterated food. As with drugs, adding chemicals to food can artificially increase its volume, and thus profit. Matteo's ruthlessness brings him to the attention of Mr. Feng (Kenneth Tsang), CEO of the conglomerate responsible for much of this criminal trafficking. Feng puts Matteo in charge of plans to cash in on Africa's rising population through sales of substandard milk formula. Celebrating his new position of power, Matteo meets chef Jiazhen (Jingchu Zhang), whose son died after eating contaminated food. As he falls in love with Jiazhen, Matteo begins to question his actions, but pressure inside the company keeps pulling him deeper into the game. "Can love truly change a man's heart? And if Matteo told Jiazhen the truth, could she forgive him?" - Dave Nuttycombe.



                                              STILL LIFE


                      FRIDAY,  APRIL 18, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

AMC MAZZA Gallerie - 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW | WASH., DC - NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE

                WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

LANDMARK E St., NW Cinema -[masked]th Street, NW | WASH., DC - NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE

STILL LIFE - UK, ITALY, 2013, 87 min. - Who remembers us when we're gone? And what of the poor souls whose passing isn't noticed by anyone? These big questions underscore writer/producer/director Uberto Pasolini's delicate drama of loss and remembrance, Still Life. John May (the always-reliable Eddie Marsan) lives a solitary life working in the euphemistically named South London local council office's Client Services—which means he's responsible for tracing the relatives of those who've died alone. He's dedicated to the job, arranging proper funerals for those whose kin can't be found and even attending them—usually as the only mourner. When the man across the street from his council flat dies, it gives him a glimpse of his own mortality, particularly when he meets the man's estranged daughter (the luminous Joanne Froggatt, from "Downton Abbey"). Full of lovingly rendered details and knowing character moments, Still Life is a modern fable that will resonate for all. - Eddie Cockrell

 

 

                                       A FIVE STAR LIFE

                         SUNDAY APRIL 20, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

AMC MAZZA Gallerie - 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW | WASH., DC-NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE

                         FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

AVALON THEATER - 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW | WASH., DC - NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE


A FIVE STAR LIFE - directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi – Italy 2013, 85 min. Working in the quality assurance business offers no assurance that your own life will be high quality. Irene travels to the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world as a mystery guest, secretly rating the quality of service and then providing the companies with a detailed report. Although that profession may sound glamorous, it's really just a job, and all the global traveling — to Paris, Tuscany, Gstaad, Morocco, and other locales —leaves little time for Irene to work on herself. Approaching middle age, Irene watches her sister's family from the sidelines. Then her ex announces that he's having a child with his new girlfriend, after not wanting children with Irene. While in Germany, she meets Kate, an unconventional English anthropologist on a book tour. Their conversation finally moves Irene to examine the quality of her own life much more closely. - Dave Nuttycombe.

                                       

                                       VIVA LA LIBERTA’

                       MONDAY,  APRIL 21, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

AMC MAZZA Gallerie  - 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW | WASH., DC - NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE

                  WEDNESDAY,  APRIL 23, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

AMC MAZZA Gallerie - 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW | WASH., DC - NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE

VIVA LA LIBERTA’ - Italy, 2013, 94 min. - It's always fun to watch politicians tell the unvarnished truth—because that so rarely happens. Italian opposition party leader Enrico Olivieri (Toni Servillo) is far too burdened by sinking poll numbers to dare speak honestly. After a public speech where angry hecklers do more talking than he does, Olivieri leaves a vague note and simply disappears into the night. His chief of staff Andrea (Valerio Mastandrea) is left to keep the campaign going. Andrea desperately turns to the only person who can fill Enrico's shoes, Enrico's twin brother Giovanni. A haiku-quoting philosopher, Giovanni is under a doctor's care and on prescription medication, but he's still the best option available. As Giovanni becomes a darling of the press and the public for speaking openly, Enrico returns to a woman he knew years ago and confronts the secrets of his past. But how long can everyone's charade last?—Dave Nuttycombe

 

 

                              

                              THE MAFIA BOOKKEEPER

                   THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

LANDMARK  E  St., NW Cinema -[masked]th Street, NW | WASH., DC - NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE  

                   SATURDAY APRIL 26, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

AVALON THEATER - 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW | WASH., DC - NO TIX SOLD @ PIAZZA ITALIA. TO BUY >>> CLICK HERE

THE MAFIA BOOKKEEPER - directed by Federico Rizzo  - Italy, 2013, 71 min. - Poor Angelo! When he's laid off from his job one day, he drives to Monte Carlo to gamble his worries away and ends up losing all his money. While the other gamblers laugh at him, Angelo is "rescued" by a mysterious gentleman who won't take no for an answer. Suddenly, Angelo (Lorenzo Flaherty) is whisked all over Italy and to New York, Miami, South America, and around the world, working his way up the ladder as the new bookkeeper for the Mafia. Along the way, he gets some good advice: "Honest men are always happy." However, he's also told repeatedly that no one ever gets out. A job in the mob is for life—and death—but Angelo has a plan. Can he live long enough to see it through? Director Rizzo keeps the action moving through the many stylish locations, with quick cuts and a sprightly spy soundtrack.—Dave Nuttycombe.



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