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
To find out more about the 1st Annual Italy Atlanta Film Festival
Series, visit www.italyatlantafilms.com.
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
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center