5 CONSECUTIVE THURSDAYS AUGUST 6 - SEPTEMBER 3

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2

WE ARE BLOOD - SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE
Doors at 7:00 and screening at 8:00

We Are Blood is a modern day skate epic featuring Paul Rodriguez and other top skateboarders as they travel the globe pushing the limits of what's possible on a board while celebrating the unconditional bond created by the simple act of skateboarding. Directed by Ty Evans, We Are Blood is filmed using state-of-the-art cameras to creatively capture the most cutting-edge, progressive skating experience imaginable.

The San Francisco premiere will feature appearances by Theotis Beasley, Jordan Maxham, Boo Johnson & Chase Webb. This will be your only chance to see this movie on the big screen in full 4K ultra HD, the way it was intended to be seen!

Produced by Mountain Dew, Green Label Films in association with BRAIN FARM. Other film partners include XDubai, Zumiez and Grizzly Griptape.

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11 & SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12 SPECIAL EVENT

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26 SPECIAL EVENT
VITTORIO DE SICA - A FILM SERIES

Following the success of the special series dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini in 2013 and Bernardo Bertolucci last year, Cinema Italia San Francisco is back to present four glorious new restorations of the most loved works by Vittorio De Sica - the master of Italian Neorealism, engaging the audience in a one-day pursuit of a cinematic personality that has many facets.

SCHEDULE:
11:30 AM - La ciociara (Two Women)
2:00 PM - L’Oro di Napoli (The Gold of Naples)
5:00 PM - Matrimonio all’Italiana (Marriage Italian Style)
7:30 PM - Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini (The Garden of the Finzi Continis)
9:30 PM - Party: In the Secret Garden
All films will be presented with English subtitles.

TICKETS
Tickets are $12 per screening. Tickets for the party are $20. A pass to see all four films and attend the party is $60.
Discounts are available for seniors, students, IIC members, and LDV members.

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LA CIOCIARA (TWO WOMEN) 11:30 AM
Starring Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Raf Vallone.
Presented in 35mm and not to be missed: a recent restoration of the acclaimed classic that won Sophia Loren the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Actress – the first time any non-English speaking role had garnered that prize. ("Before I made Two Women, I had been a performer," Loren said. "Afterward, I was an actress.") In De Sica's stunning adaptation of the Alberto Moravia novel, Loren plays Cesira (a role that was reportedly first offered to Anna Magnani, who turned it down), a shopkeeper who flees from Rome, along with her adolescent daughter Rosetta (Eleanora Brown), to escape the Allied bombardment during the last days of World War II. In the mountains of her native Ciociara, the hard-nosed widow finds refuge with her people and strikes up a flirtation with an idealistic young intellectual (Jean-Paul Belmondo); however, she soon discovers that even her financial cunning offers no protection from the ravages of war. (1960, 121 mins.)

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L’ORO DI NAPOLI (THE GOLD OF NAPLES) 2:00 PM
Starring Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Eduardo De Filippo, Paolo Stoppa, and Toto
West Coast Premiere of the newly restored and complete uncut version with all six episodes – and presented in 35 mm!A personal tribute to Naples where director De Sica spent his first years: L’oro di Napoli , taken by the omonimous books by Giuseppe Marotta, is a collection of six Neapolitan episodes: a clown exploited by a hoodlum; an unfaithful pizza seller (Loren) losing her husband's ring; the funeral of a child; the impoverished inveterate gambler Count Prospero B. being reduced to force his concierge's preteen kid to play cards with him (and regularly being defeated); the unexpected and unusual wedding of Teresa, a prostitute; the exploits of "professor" Ersilio Micci, a "wisdom seller" who "solves problems. Special thanks to Rialto Pictures. (1954, 138 mins.)
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MATRIMONIO ALL’ITALIANA (MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE) 5:00 PM
Starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, and Aldo Puglisi
Northern California Premiere of the dazzling new restoration! Marriage Italian Style, in 1964, sees De Sica return behind the camera with a comedy with a tragic flair: a delightful adaptation of Eduardo De Filippo's play “Filumena Marturano,” in which a man leaves his fiancée to go to the deathbed of his mistress. Moved by her condition, he swears to marry her if she recovers. New York Times critic Bosley Crowter at the presentation of Marriage Italian Style in New York in 1964 said: “Whenever Vittorio de Sica gets together with Sophia Loren to make a motion picture, something wonderful happens. It did when he directed her in ‘Gold of Naples,’ ‘Two Women,’ ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ and now it's happened again, in ‘Marriage Italian Style.’ The something wonderful that's happened is the conception and projection of a film so frank and free and understanding of a certain kind of vital woman—and man, too—that it sends you forth from the theater feeling you've known her — and him — all your life.” (1964, 102 mins., DCP)
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IL GIARDINO DEI FINZI CONTINI (THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINIS) 7:30 PM
Starring Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, and Helmut Berger
West Coast Premiere of the new restoration by Antony Morato!A late-career triumph for De Sica, this adaptation of Giorgio Basani’s famous novel won the director his final Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Garden is set in Ferrara during World War II, where the wealthy Jewish family of the Finzi-Continis finds refuge from the horror that is engulfing Europe in their sequestered, aristocratic lifestyle. But as Mussolini’s rapprochement with Hitler takes hold and the Fascists begin to purge and persecute local Jews, the family’s sheltered world begins to collapse. De Sica’s flashbacks evoke the working of memory, and a powerful sense of loss: of a world, a people, a culture. The lovely Dominique Sanda brings melancholy glamour to her role as the family’s daughter Micol. Special thanks to producer Arthur Cohn. (1970, 95 mins., DCP)
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PARTY: IN THE SECRET GARDEN 9:30 PM
Special Party in the theatre’s mezzanine after “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” featuring Naples, Rome, and Ferrara specialties.
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Official Website: www.CinemaItaliaSF.com
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Vittorio De Sica: A Film Series is co-presented by Istituto Luce Cinecittá and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco with the support of The Leonardo da Vinci Society. The exhibition is organized by Cinema Italia San Francisco, Program Director Amelia Antonucci; Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Istituto Luce Cinecittá. Presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco.
All films will be presented with English subtitles.

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30 SPECIAL EVENT

REEL ROCK 10 7:00

The REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences in over 400 locations across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations are always part of the party at REEL ROCK events.

In its landmark 10th year, REEL ROCK features exclusive premieres of short films by co-founders Sender Films and Big UP Productions that tell the stories of the most exciting vertical action from the past year. From big walls to big moves, and featuring athletes Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Alex Honnold, Daniel Woods and a special tribute to the late Dean Potter, this year's tour boasts an eclectic program that will get you psyched!

Advance tickets available through brownpapertickets.com
Full info at reelrocktour.com

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21 SPECIAL EVENT

SF Sketchfest Presents
The Benson Movie Interruption: "Back to the Future, Part II" 8:00
with Doug Benson and surprise guests

GREAT SCOTT! It's hard to believe that we're nearly at the day Marty McFly travels to in the smash hit middle chapter of one of the most beloved trilogies of all time. Celebrate this milestone by joining Doug Benson and surprise guests as they riff “Back To The Future Part II” live on the actual date that Marty landed in futuristic Hill Valley -- October 21, 2015! Bring your hoverboards, power shoe laces, Mr. Fusion, self-drying jackets, Pepsi Perfect bottles, Food Hydrators and Jaws 19 as we go back...to the future!

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” "Doug Loves Movies” podcast) and his guests sit in the front row of the theater and riff on movies as they unfold on the screen before them. This very popular live show is a favorite at SF Sketchfest year after year where Doug’s guests have included Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Scott Aukerman, Todd Barry, Michael Ian Black, Jonah Ray, Paul Scheer, Janet Varney, Tom Lennon, Chris Hardwick and more.

$20 General Admission | Tickets

 
     
   


THURSDAY OCTOBER 29 SPECIAL EVENT

The Booksmith presents Welcome to Night Vale at the Castro Theater

The Booksmith is thrilled to host Welcome to Night Vale, the book based on the widely popular podcast that shares the same name. Join creators Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink for another romp through a desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, where the lives of two humble residents and two puzzling mysteries will converge.

Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink will be there to talk about their new book, to sign copies, and to meet you! Moderated by Glen David Gold.

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