"There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”
-Federico Fellini-
For years the Italian cinema has enchanted, seduced and made history with its stories, characters and pictures created by the artistic wit of its directors.
The movies selected embody the Italian cinema legacy and we invite you to discover yourself the reasons of such a success.

Sunday - January 29, 2017 - 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

¨Don´t let others tell you who to love and who to hate. Make your own mistakes, always.¨ this is the warning that Tommaso’s grandmother gave to him when he returned to his childhood home from Rome, set to assert his personal choices even if that meant clashing with family.
With lightness and irony, Ozpetek tells the gritty story of the intimate dynamics of a family, but also of the strength and weakness of the human being. From the start of a family’s journey into the world, we reassess ourselves, and family is a place where we can always come back. Sooner or later everyone will go back to that ¨place¨, even if life takes us elsewhere.
Loose Cannons
Mine Vaganti (Loose cannons)
Italy 2010 – Drama/Romance – 115 mins. – Rated: R - Language, Violence, and Brief Sexual Content (no one under 17 admitted without an accompanying parent or guardian)
Ferzan Özpetek
Ferzan Özpetek, Ivan Cotroneo
Riccardo Scamarcio, Alessandro Preziosi, Ennio Fantastichini
Italian with English subtitles
David di Donatello: Best Supporting Actor (Ennio Fantastichini), Best Supporting Actress (Ilaria Occhini)
Tribeca Film Festival : Special Jury Prize
The Cantone family owns a pasta factory in Lecce, in the conservative south of Italy. During a family dinner the parents, Vincenzo and Stefania, plan on turning the factory over to their two sons, Tommaso and Antonio.
Tommaso studies in Rome and is back in Lecce with news that he wants to share with the family. Before the dinner he confides in his brother: he is not in business school as his parents think, he doesn´t want to run the factory, wants to be a writer and he is gay. But before Tommaso can make his statement at the dinner, Antonio, who has been working at the factory for years, drops his own bombshell....
A wonderful story of human relations and acceptance of the difference, set in the picturesque Salento area.
The movie will be preceded by a short presentation and followed by a Q&A
Secrets, friendships, lies, fights: families are stuffed with these. What makes an Italian family different? Is it the shadow of their Jewish patriarch’s wartime tragedy? In a single night everything changes for the Pontecorvos, beginning with a teasing joke, ending with powerful revelations, and ultimately with a reaffirmation of both the people and their relationships. It’s a comedy, deeply Italian.
Il Nome Del Figlio
Il nome del figlio (An Italian Name)
Italy 2015 – Comedy – 96 mins. – Rated: (**)
Francesca Archibugi
Alexandre de La Patellière
Alessandro Gassman, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Rocco Papaleo, Carolina Cetroli, Raffaele Vannoli
Italian with English subtitles
Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress (Micaela Ramazzotti), Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor (Alessandro Gassman)
Miami Film Festival 2016: Francesca Archibugi nominated for Knight Competition Grand Jury Prize
(**) Please be advised: there are adult language conversations in the movie, no violence or nudity.
Paolo a brilliant realtor and his wife Simona, writer and show girl, are expecting a baby. During a dinner with family and friends they decide to reveal the baby´s name. The name triggers a big debate: everybody has small or big secrets and the discussion starts focusing on the human relations and how difficult it is to share personal issues even with close friends.
Love is at the center of their lives: that of the father for his daughters, that of the daughters for the men and women they encounter, that of the people around them.
All set with a bright and beautiful Rome in the backdrop.

Mine Vaganti
5 p.m. (115 minutes)

$ 12.00 (*)

$ 10.00

JCC Members

Il Nome del Figlio
8 p.m. (96 minutes)

$ 12.00 (*)

$ 10.00

JCC Members

Tickets available at the door on January 29, after 3 p.m.

Enrich your movie experience …

Between the two movies you will be invited to enjoy a typical Italian Appetizer prepared by:
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Italian Cinema Expert …

Rossella Barry and Christopher Atwood, Italian cinema experts: take advantage of the unique opportunity to meet Rossella and Christopher at the foyer of the theater during the Italian appetizer, they will be happy to answer your questions about the movies and Italian cinema! 
Rossella Barry has a PhD in Modern, Comparative and Postcolonial Literature from the University of Bologna, Italy, and a PhD in Italian Studies from UC Berkeley, with a designated emphasis on Critical Theory and Film Studies.
She taught courses and seminars in modern literature, cinema, writing, and history at Berkeley and Bologna. In Italy, she worked as an Editor for Alcadia and Kappa Edizioni. During her years at Berkeley, she served as a Managing Editor for the academic journal California Italian Studies.  She is currently a Senior Editor at Insight Editions.
Her research interests encompass contemporary history, modern American and Italian literature, film theory and history, critical theory, children’s literature, comics and graphic novels.
C Atwood
Christopher Atwood is an expert in Italian cuisine and culture, having earned his PhD in Italian from UC Berkeley in 2014.  He is also the co-author of the recent book, Italy for All Seasons. Presently, he works for See Italy -- a San Diego-based company that helps travelers to explore the Italy that Italians love. Christopher designs custom trips through the authentic Italy -- from the hills of Siena to the shores Sicily.

Read about the Movie Directors

Ferzan Özpeteck is a Turkish film director and screenwriter. He lives in Italy and he is also an Italian citizen. Mine vaganti is one of the few movies Özpetek has set outside of Rome, a city very close to his heart. The movie is set in Lecce, the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, the "heel" of the Italian "boot". On 22 May 2010 the city of Lecce declared Özpetek an honorary citizen.
Francesca Archibugi is an Italian film director and scriptwriter. She started her career as long film director in 1988 with the movie "Mignon è partita" (Mignon has come to stay). The movie won 5 David di Donatello awards.

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Oshman Family JCC
Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
3921 Fabian Way,
Palo Alto, CA 94303


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