'Caesar Must Die' To Open Cinema Italian Style

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani - H 2012
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Paolo and Vittorio Taviani - H 2012

The six-day festival in Los Angeles kicks off with Italy's Oscar entry and will screen "A Flat for Three" and "The First on the List" as a closing night double-feature.

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Caesar Must Die, Italy’s submission for the foreign-language film Academy Award, will screen as the opening night film of the Cinema Italian Style festival, which runs from Nov. 13-18 in Los Angeles.

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Produced by Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque, the six-day celebration of Italian cinema will pay tribute to the late producer Carlo Ponti with a presentation of Two Women and will close with the double feature of Carlo Verdone’s comedy A Flat for Three and Roan Johnson’s comedy The First on the List.

The festival will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.

"We are delighted to showcase such an array of movies, promoting our new talent, yet not missing their artistic predecessors.  With our long-term partners, the Consulate General of Italy, Los Angeles, the Italian Trade Commission, Los Angeles, the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque, Luce Cinecittà is proud to offer the best of Italy in a week full of art and beauty,” Roberto Cicutto, CEO of Luce Cinecittà.  

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The line-up includes Massimo Venier’s romantic comedy One Day More, starring Fabio Volo and Isabella RagoneseDaniele Vicari's police procedural Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood; Ivan Cotroneo’s Kryptonite!, about a large Neapolitan family during the politically radical 1970s, starring Valeria Golino and Cristiana Capotondi; Giuseppe Piccioni's satire of a Roman public high school Il Russo E Il Blue, starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Roberto Herlitzka and Margherita Buy; Giuliano Montaldo's The Entrepreneur, a portrayal of the 1% upper class struggling to maintain its security, starring Pierfrancesco Favino, Carolina Crescentini and Francesco Scianna; Stefano Mordini’s Steel, a drama of working-class life, starring Michele Riondino and Vittoria Puccini; Pupi Avati's 1930s-set romance The Big Heart of Girls, starring Alessandro Haber, Cesare Cremonini and Micaela Ramazzotti; and Ferzan Ozpetek's comedic drama Magnifica Presenza, starring Elio Germano as a gay pastry chef visited in his new Rome apartment by a former theater troupe of dramatic, hand-wringing ghosts.

In addition to the festival, Italy will also be featured at the Getty Museum in an exhibit called "Florence at the Dawn of Renaissance," to be opened by Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, as part of Year of Italian Culture in the United States in 2013.