Berlin may experience 'Happiness'

ROME — Expanding on the bi-coastal U.S. fest’s traditional formula, the 12th New Italian Cinema Events will open in New York and San Francisco with a spotlight on documaker-turned-feature director Mimmo Calopresti.

Running Nov. 7-8 at Gotham’s Cantor Cinema and Nov. 14-15 at the Kabuki 8 Theaters in San Francisco, N.I.C.E. will screen Calopresti’s three dramatic features, which had their international premieres at Cannes.

They are: 1995’s “The Second Time,” starring Nanni Moretti, 1998’s “The Word Love Exists,” and “I Prefer the Sound of the Sea” from 2000.

Calopresti’s latest feature, “Happiness Costs Nothing,” is under consideration for February’s Berlin fest. Slated for domestic release in January via Lucky Red, the drama stars Calopresti with Vincent Perez, Francesca Neri, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizia Sacchi and Beppe Servillo.

The regular N.I.C.E. showcase of recent features by emerging Italian independent directors plays Nov. 15-21 at New York’s Quad Cinemas and Nov. 18-24 at the Kabuki in San Francisco. This year’s selection highlights titles previously given marginal theatrical and fest exposure.

The lineup includes Franco Angeli’s “La rentree,” Francesco Apolloni’s “The Truth Please, About Love,” Marcello Cesena’s “Our Tropical Island,” Antonietta De Lillo’s “It’s Not Right,” Giulio Manfredonia’s “If I Were You,” Marco Simon Puccioni’s “What You’re Looking For,” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “One Man Up.”

The features each will screen with an Italian short film. Workshops and encounters involving the directors with NYU and San Francisco U film students will be held during the events.

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