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1st Annual Italy Atlanta
Film Festival Series

By Vince Rogers

May 21, 2007 (Atlanta)—The 1st Annual Italy Atlanta Film Festival Series may be new, but it has all the elements that make audiences want to come back for more. This monthly event provides filmgoers with a unique, cosmopolitan, and enjoyable entertainment choice in a city that claims to be an international city for the arts. Few local film events provide an audience with the opportunity to see the premiere of an award-winning foreign film, meet the film's producer, and interact with wonderful people in a beautiful setting. The Italy Atlanta festival combines authentic Italian cuisine, great Italian music, and a high quality monthly selection from the best films of Italian cinema.

The festival was founded by Jake Jacobs0n, who served as the director of the 2004 Rome (GA) International Film Festival and the 30th Annual Atlanta Film Festival in 2006. Nicola Vidali is the Italy Atlanta Festival's Program Curator. Vidali is an internationally recognized marketing and communications expert. He ensures that the festival presents the best films that Italian cinema has to offer.

The festival kicked off in February 2007. The series is presented in collaboration with the Emory University Department of Italian Studies and will offer an Italian film each month throughout 2007. Principal venues for this series are the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and the Miller-Ward House on the campus of Emory University.

The April screening was the Eastern U.S. premiere of the award-winning film (Gli Occhi dell'Altro) Through the Eyes of Another, which was screened at the Woodruff Arts Center's Rich Theater.Through the Eyes of Another was directed by Italian film critic turned director, Gianpaolo Tescari. The film's Producer, Marco Mandelli, flew in from Italy to participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

The film was chosen to coincide with the festival's goal of presenting different "themed screenings" each month. According to Jacobson, the theme for the evening was "the expression of social and cultural integration."

The next Italy Atlanta Film Festival screening is May 31, 2007, at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center at 7 pm. In keeping with the festival's mission to present "classic films and new and cutting edge cinema" said Jacobson, the film will be Divorce Italian Style.

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Film Review

Through the Eyes of Another is a mesmerizing and suspenseful thriller, with a low key mysterious quality. Anchored by a fine performance by Lucrecia Lante della Rovere (winner of the Best Actress award at the Taormina Film Festival) the film tells the story of a couple who are going through an awkward and challenging stage in their relationship. Barbara is a sexy young avant-garde choreographer who is married to David (Johan Leysen) an older man who is a researcher and a professor of physics at the university.

Their fragile relationship is put to the test when they take in a mysterious Kurdish border named Nadir (Hossein Taheri) who has just been released from prison. The couple expects that Nadir's adjustment to freedom would be their greatest challenge, but the presence of this handsome, virile, younger man in their midst causes David to experience deep feelings of insecurity. He senses the alienation of the affections of both his wife and child due to the presence of Nadir's "primitive masculine" presence.

Eventually the emotions that once simmered boil over and result in tragedy - or do they? Too bad you didn't catch the ending at the Italy Atlanta Film Festival series! Don't miss the next screening:

Divorce Italian Style
May 31, 2007
7 p.m.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center