Italian Movies

IFF and Cinecitta Luce Present Cinema Italian Style at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown!
November 16-20 

Join us for the third annual celebration of new Italian cinema, opening with Italy's official Oscar® submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Emanuele Crialese's topical drama Terraferma, and closing with Nanni Moretti's papal crowd pleaser Habemus Papam, starring Michel Piccoli as an insecure Cardinal. In between is an array of Italy's best films, including strong comedies and an excellent selection of powerful dramas.

Series Passes Available!
$60 ($40 SIFF Members) - Admits you to all 10 films including the Closing Night film and party!
$75 ($55 SIFF Members) includes the Opening Night reception as well!

Opening and Closing Nights
Reception and Film: $25 ($20 SIFF Members) - A limited number of tickets are available for the Opening Night Gala Reception following the film at La Spiga, as well as the Closing Night Reception hosted by Il Fornaio in the Pacific Place Atrium.

Details are below, but if you have any questions about the films or about SIFF, feel free to send us an email.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

Third Annual Seattle Italian Film Festival
November 16-20, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown   

OPENING NIGHT | Wednesday, November 16, 6:30pm
A limited number of tickets are available for a festive Opening Night Gala Reception following the film at La Spiga. A $15 Reception-only upgrade is available in person or over the phone for series pass holders.


A tight-knit family of island fishermen, used to making their living from the ocean, must make hard choices as the world encroaches in the form of tourism and illegal immigrants. Terraferma tells its story with boldness and confidence while wearing its social conscience smartly. Italy's official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film! Directed by Emanuele Crialese. (Italy/France, 2011, 88 min)

CLOSING NIGHT | Sunday, November 20, 6:30pm
Join us after the film for a Closing Night Celebration hosted by Il Fornaio in the Pacific Place Atrium. Series Passes include Closing Night film and celebration and a limited number of tickets are available for purchase.

Habemus Papam 

Director/actor Nanni Moretti turns his satirical eye on the nomination of a new Pope, resulting in a magnificent blend of high-concept humor with a deeply affecting portrait of a man elected to an office that carries crushing responsibilities. Best Film, Italian Critics Awards 2011 (Italy/France 2010, 104 min)

Corpo Celeste 

Wednesday, 9:00pm 
A bold discovery at the Cannes Film Festival, this poignant tale blends gritty realism with moments of dreamlike surrealism; a winning drama about a bumpy spiritual journey and young girl's coming of age. Directed by Alice Rohrwacher. (Italy/Switzerland/France, 2011, 100 min)

The Father and the Foreigner 

Friday, 6:30pm 
Family drama, male bonding, and international intrigue mix in this constantly surprising dramatic thriller. Two men from different backgrounds bond over their children, though the growing friendship between them shifts and deepens in unexpected ways. Directed by Ricky Tognazzi. Composer Carlo Siliatto scheduled to attend (Italy, 2010, 113 min)


Thursday, 9:00pm
Saturday, 1:00pm 
Paolo Genovese's latest box-office hit is a breezy, feel-good comedy about a group of six friends getting back together after twenty years to retake their high school exams. The gang hit the books, and it's just like old times-only with more wrinkles and less hair! (Italy, 2011, 108 min)

Love and Slaps 

Thursday, 6:30pm 
Director/actor Sergio Castellitto offers a wry updating of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, exploring what may be one of the last social taboos in a dissection of Italy's liberal elite that's as amusing as it is perceptive. Actress Lidia Vitale scheduled to attend (Italy, 2011, 96 min)

The Salt of Life 

Saturday, 6:30pm 
In his warm and witty follow-up to Mid-August Lunch, writer/director/actor Gianni Di Gregorio is a middle-aged retiree trying his polite, utterly gracious best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life-with both hilarious and poignant results. (Italy, 2010, 90 min)


Friday, 9:00pm
Sunday, 1:00pm 
Washed-up writer Bruno makes his living tutoring apathetic youth, including the irreverent Luca, who turns out to be the son he never knew he had. A wonderfully touching and comedic debut feature from the award-winning screenwriter of The First Beautiful Thing. Directed by Francesco Bruni (Italy, 2011, 95 min)


Saturday, 9:00pm
Sunday, 3:30pm 
A hard-hitting return to Neapolitan Camorra mafia-ridden territory with the semi-true-life story of champion boxer Clemente Russo (in a stunning debut performance), who literally fought his way out of the mafia to claim a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. From a story by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano. Directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi. (Italy, 2011, 99 min)

When The Night 

Saturday, 3:30pm 
Novelist and director Cristina Comencini (Don't Tell) has crafted a complex, psychologically profound portrait of a fragile young mother and a tough mountain guide who meet after an accident in the Italian mountains. (Italy, 2011, 116 min)

Co-Presented by Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association. Presenting Sponsor Pagliacci Pizza. Sponsored by Mediterranean Inn, University of Washington-French and Italian Studies and the Center for West European Studies, Ingeniux, Ritrovo Regional Foods, Small Vineyards, and Gelatiamo. With generous support from Caffé Umbria, Dante Alighieri Society, Umbra Cuscinetti, Cucina Fresca, DeLaurenti, San Pellegrino, VioVi, City Arts, Il Fornaio, La Spiga, and The Pink Door.

Taste Of Italy at the SIFF Film Center
12:00pm-5:00pm, November 19-20 
Italian Wine and Food Tasting, Art,
and More! Free Admission
Be sure to drop by the SIFF Film Center (just two blocks away) in between screenings to sample delicious Italian wines and foods and check out "Journeys in Italy" (1941-1959). Presented by La Spiga and Ingeniux, this retrospective collection of photographs spans 20 years of classic Italian directors at work (Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Rossellini, and more). Photos will be on display at the SIFF Film Center during the Taste of Italy. For more information visit
Photos provided by: Centro Cinema Citta' di Cesena

SIFF Cinema at the Uptown
511 Queen Anne Avenue North

SIFF Cinema at the Film Center
Seattle Center, in the Northwest Rooms (formerly the Alki Room) just south of the Seattle Repertory Theater and next to the Vera Project.

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Regular Ticket Prices
$10 | $9 Students and Seniors | $5 SIFF Members
(Special Engagement prices may vary)

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The SIFF Cinema box office opens a half hour before the first show of the day. Seating is guaranteed until 10 minutes prior to screening. No late seating.
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