Film Programs

Italian Showcase

The 41st Denver Film Festival will shine a spotlight on Italian cinema. Ten new films from established and emerging directors will screen throughout our 12-day celebration; a number of these artists, along with some of the nation’s film commissioners, will attend the festival to introduce their works to Denver audiences. It’s an embarrassment of cinematic riches—a true cinema paradiso. Join us in celebrating a rich and diverse Italian culture.

The Ark of Disperata
Italy 2017 110 min.

A crumbling village in southern Italy sets the stage for bumbling redemption in this comedy about a woebegone, poetry-loving mayor seeking to revitalize his community with the unlikely help of two would-be mobsters. Waking Ned Devine meets We Bought a Zoo.

As Needed
Italy 2018 92 min.

This feel-good foodie flick from Italy sustains to the last bite. A kitchen maestro with a bad-boy past emerges from prison hoping to resume his career—but first he must complete his community service by chaperoning a cook with Asperger’s en route to the finals of a top competition.

Daughter of Mine
Italy 2018 97 min.

In this study of a familial rather than romantic love triangle set on the Italian island of Sardinia, 10-year-old Vittoria falls under the thrall of a charismatic but troubled young woman to whom she bears a striking resemblance—far more than she does to the mother who has so lovingly raised her.

Dogman
Italy 2018 102 min.

In this dark crime drama from Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, DFF31), gentle pet groomer and petty criminal Marcello has the wide, wet eyes of a spaniel, and like a dog, he’s eager for everyone to love him—from his teenage daughter to the local thug Simone. But how far will he go to keep the peace?

Emma
Italy 2017 115 min.

In this bittersweet Italian romance, ad man Teo is a womanizing workaholic who has zero intention of getting serious with Emma, the blind divorcée he’s nevertheless seducing. But the road to true love and heartbreak alike is paved with zero intentions.

Euphoria
Italy 2018 115 min.

Two brothers—one a flashy, drug-fueled marketing hot shot, the other a humble schoolteacher—come to terms with illness, death and one another amid the timeless splendor of Rome in director Valeria Golino’s moving and often funny family drama.

Naples in Veils
Italy 2017 113 min.

After her lover is murdered, Adriana starts to see him everywhere among the living—and this thriller, like the decadent and mysterious streets of Naples in which it’s set, begins to take unexpected turns. As the police investigation advances, Adriana’s own secrets can no longer be ignored.

The Place
Italy 2017 105 min.

A nameless man sits in a diner each day, accepting visitors whose dreams he can make come true. To each, he assigns a task; upon its completion, he’ll grant their wishes. But to what lengths are they prepared to go? That’s the existential question at the heart of this Italian drama.

There Is No Place Like Home
Italy 2018 105 min.

In this stormy Italian drama, what begins as a polite family reunion on the island of Ischia quickly becomes tense and then explosive as rough seas trap the guests under a single roof for the duration of the storm.

Woman's Name
Italy 2018 98 min.

Single mother Nina is grateful to have secured a job at a local nursing home—until, that is, she becomes the victim of both her supervisor’s sexual advances and the resolute complicity of her co-workers, priest, and boyfriend in this intense and timely Italian drama.

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