Italo fest to keep U.S. itinerary

Screenings get go-ahead Nov. 8-15 at Manhattan's Quad theater

ROME — Despite initial plans to abandon this year’s U.S. leg of New Italian Cinema Events in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, organizers have announced their New York and San Francisco seasons of Italo independent features will go ahead.

Screening Nov. 8-15 at Manhattan’s downtown Quad theaters and Nov. 12-18 at the Kabuki in San Francisco, the 11th edition of Nice USA will kick off with the restored version of Federico Fellini’s “Il bidone.”

The seven features chosen for this year’s lineup include Pasquale Scimeca’s Mafia drama “Placido rizzotto”; Daniele Gaglianone’s tale of WWII partisans seeking revenge in their old age, “The Years of Our Lives”; and Maurizio Sciarra’s story of youthful idealism in the 1970s, “Off to the Revolution by a 2CV,” which won the Golden Leopard at the summer’s Locarno fest.

Also on the program are Kiko Stella’s satirical ensemble comedy “How to Make a Martini”; Vincenzo Terraccino’s drama about a group of mistreated hospital patients, “Rebels by Chance”; and Eros Puglielli’s comedy about the parallel lives of a young man and woman, “All the Knowledge in the World.”

Rounding out the program is patricide drama “Sun in the Eyes,” which marks the feature debut of Andrea Porporati, who collaborated as co-screenwriter on Gianni Amelio’s “Lamerica.”

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