Westchester Italian Film Festival 2023 April 21–23

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~ Purchase a festival package to enjoy a weekend of classic Italian cinema.
~ Purchase tickets to individual films below.

Opening Night

~ Dessert reception at 7:30 pm
~ The Old Guitarist at 8:30 pm followed by post-film Q&A with filmmaker Will Nunziata and presentation of the Westchester Italian Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award to actor Dominic Chianese.

Inspired by the Pablo Picasso painting of the same name, The Old Guitarist stars Dominic Chianese as the titular character who reflects on his past in the hope of finding forgiveness.
Will Nunziata is an award-winning director, writer, and creator of film, theater, and television. He won Best Director of a Short Film at the 2023 Venus International Film Festival for The Old Guitarist.
Dominic Chianese’s career in music, film, stage, and television spans six decades. His film credits include The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and All the President’s Men. He is best known for playing Corrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, for which he is a two-time Emmy nominee. 

Purchase tickets for opening night, including reception, film screening, and Q&A

Celebrating the Women of the Italian Cinema

Marriage Italian Style (dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1964) 
Friday, April 21 at 5:00 pm • TPH Pelham
Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm • TPH Bronxville
Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 pm • TPH Bronxville
When handsome, successful Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) meets the beautiful Filomena (Sophia Loren) in Naples during World War II, he is instantly smitten. In the postwar years, the two meet again, sparking a passionate affair.

Rome, Open City (dir. Roberto Rossellini, 1945)
Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm • TPH Pelham
Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 pm • TPH Pelham
Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 pm • TPH Pelham
During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, Resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge. Featuring Anna Magnani.

La Riffa (dir. Francesco Laudadio, 1991)
Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm • TPH Pelham
Beautiful widow Francesca (Monica Bellucci) must pay off her late husband’s debts. She sets up a raffle in which she is the prize.

That’s How We Women Are (dir. Dino Risi, 1971)
Saturday, April 22at 5:00 pm • TPH Pelham
This comedic anthology of twelve vignettes stars the great Monica Vitti. 

Big Night (dir. Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci, 1996)
Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 pm • TPH Pelham
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm • TPH Pelham
Two brothers put all of their efforts into one important night, which will decide the fate of their restaurant. Featuring Isabella Rossellini.


Mister Wonderland (dir. Valerio Ciriaci, 2019)
Saturday, April 22 at 5:00 pm • TPH Bronxville
Post-film Q&A with filmmaker Valerio Ciriaci and cinematographer Isaak J. Liptzin, moderated by filmmaker Anton Evangelista

Mister Wonderland recounts the extraordinary story of Sylvester Z. Poli, an artisan of humble means who left his hometown in the Tuscan countryside for the U.S. at the end of the 19th century, only to become one of the greatest theatrical impresarios of his time.
Valerio Ciriaci is an Italian filmmaker living in New York. He is the founder of Awen Films, with which he has directed several documentary shorts and series for television and the web. His first feature, If Only I Were That Warrior, won the 2016 Italian Golden Globe.
Isaak Liptzin is a cinematographer and producer who created the series First Team: Juventus for Netflix. He is the co-founder of Awen Films and has produced the documentaries If Only I Were That Warrior, Treasure, and Iom Romì.

Anton Evangelista is an award-wining filmmaker who founded the production company Comprehensive Films in 1994. His feature film Intervention won several awards on the film festival circuit and his documentary Just Laugh! Is available on Netflix.

Saving Southern Italy (dir. Valarie D’Elia, 2021)
Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 pm • TPH Bronxville
Post-film Q&A with filmmaker Valarie D’Elia and producer Lydia Cannito

Saving Southern Italy begins during the late stages of covid, when filmmaker Valarie D’Elia returned to the land of her Italian ancestry looking to find a home to buy and renovate. Along the way, she shepherds other ex-pats through the challenging, yet rewarding, process of honoring their roots.


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