2018 Documentary FEATURE FILMS



126 min. – Drama / Fantasy
Friday, April 20 - 2:30 pm
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Based on the novel “Manuscript found in Saragosse” of Jan Potocki.

DIRECTOR: Alberto Rondalli
SCREENWRITER: Alberto Rondalli
CAST: Nahuel Perez Biscayart | Alessio Boni | Valentina Cervi
Languages: Italian | French | Spanish  (English subtitles)


2018 David di Donatello Awards

Won, Best Picture

Won, Best Supporting Actress - Claudia Gerini

Won, Best Score

Won, Best Original Song

Won, Best Costume Design

2017 Venice Film Festival
Nominated, Golden Lion
     Best Film - Antonio Manetti, Marco Manetti
Won, La Pellicola d'Oro Award
     Best Production Manager in an Italian Film - 
     Daniele Spinozzi
Won, Pasinetti Award
     Best Cast

2016 Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival
     Best Director Award
2017 N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema Events Russia
     Official Selection
2017 Garden City International Film Festival
     Official Selection
50th Worldfest Houston
     Platinum Remi AwardLATINUM REMI AWARD
2017 Valdarno Cinema Fedic
     Official Selection
2017 Premio Marcellino de Baggis
     Official Selection
2017 Est Film Festival
     Best Documentary Award
2017 Ierapetra International Documentary Festival
     Official Selection
2017 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
     Official Selection

2017 Trento Film Festival
     Migliore film documentario Italiano
2017 Film Festival Lessinia
     "Migliore Film Sulle Alpi" Premio della Cassa Rurale

     Bassa Vallagarina
2017 Sestriere Film Festival
     Primo Premio
2017 FICMUS - Festival Internacional de Cine de Montaña Ushuaia Shh
     "Premio al Personaje: Ettore Castiglioni" FICMUS
2017 Milani Mountaion Film Festival
     Premio della Giuria

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

CineFesta Italia of Santa Fe
c/o Consulate of Italy
58 S. Federal Place
Santa Fe NM 87501

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

2017 Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival
Won, International Confederation of Art Cinemas Award - Jonas Carpignano

2017 Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival
Nominated, Jaeger - LeCoultre Best Film Award
Best Film - Jonas Carpignano

​2017 Munich Film Festival
Nominated, CineVision Award
Best Film By An Emerging Director - Jonas Carpignano

2017 Seville European Film Festival
Won, Best Actor - Pio Amato

2017 Stockholm Film Festival
Nominated, Bronze Horse
Best Film - Jonas Carpignano

2017 Zagreb Film Festival
Nominated, The Golden Pram
Best Film - Jonas Carpignano (director)

2017 Bellaria Film Festival
     Best Documentary (Italia Doc Award)

2017 ShorTS International Film Festival
     Best Documentary Production
2017 Cervino Cinemountain
     Film Commission Award
2017 Detour Festival del Cinema di Viaggio
     Best Documentary (Viaggio in Italia)
2017 On the Road Film Festival
     Special Mention Jury Award


2018 David di Donatello Awards

Won, Best Producer - Luciano Stella &

     Maria Carolina Terzi

Won, Best Digital Effects

Dammi una Mano

Lend a Hand (2016)
86 min. – Comedy / Drama
Saturday, April 21 - 9:15 pm
Jean Cocteau Cinema

Caterina is a young and well-known psychologist, her life is perfect: Love, job, family, friends are all that she wishes. But one day something happens which threatens her happy but a little bit unconscious existence. Her father dies, leaving her full of debts owing to her sister Viola who has gone through the family property; a provincial scandal disgraces her reputation and she loses her job, her husband leaves her. For the first time Caterina must start all over again and begin a new life. A deeply different life from the one she has always defended and loved. After a rocambolesque cheerful series of events she will discover that her deepest strength is this one: never to stop, always being in motion, lifting her head up once more, trusting and leaning on those people, (such as her friends Ludovica and Sara and her fragile sister Viola), who she had always thought she was to help.

DIRECTOR: Raffaella Covino
SCREENWRITER: Raffaella Covino | Vincenzo Terlizzi
CAST: Ilaria Falini | Marta Pellegrino | Olga Rossi | Roberta Bistocchi | Francesco Bolo Rossini | Michele Nani | David Riondino | Silvia Fiorentini
Languages: Italian  (English subtitles)

Free Admission Sponsored by Community Angel

​2017 AFI Fest
Nominated, Audience Award
World Cinema - Jonas Carpignano

2017 Bergen International Film Festival
Won, Cinema Extraordinaire - Jonas Carpignano

2017 CPH PIX
Nominated, Politiken's Audience Award -
Jonas Carpignano

2017 Cannes Film Festival
Won, Label Europa Cinemas - Jonas Carpignano

2017 Ghent International Film Festival
Won, Georges Delerue Prize
Best Music - Dan Romer (composer)
Nominated, Grand Prix
Best Film - Jonas Carpignano

2017 Haifa International Film Festival
Nominated, Golden Anchor Award - Jonas Carpignano


A Fistful of Grapes
93 min. – Comedy
Friday, April 20 - 8:15 pm

Sunday, April 22 - 6 pm
Jean Cocteau Cinema

After an EU grant to expand their family winery falls through, a group of sibling discover they have only fifteen days to pay back the money the bank loaned them against the expected funding. Desperate to save the business and prevent their wives and girlfriends from finding out, they embark on a series of reckless hijinks to beg, borrow, steal and extort what it takes to pay the loan back.

DIRECTOR: Igor Biddau
SCREENWRITER: Michele Manca | Stefano Manca | Nicola Alvau
CAST: Stefano Manca | Michele Manca | Caterina Murino | Dario Cassini | Francesca Rossi | Carlotta Bazzu | Marco Bazzoni | Benito Urgu | Valeria Graci
Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

​Nominated, Silver Ribbon
Best Cinematography (Migliore Fotografia)
     - Arnaldo Catinari

Won, Silver Ribbon
Best Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura)
     - Francesco Bruni
Won, Special Silver Ribbon
Special Silver Ribbon
     - Giuliano Montaldo
Nominated, Silver Ribbon
Best Producer (Migliore Produttore)
     - Beppe Caschetto

*Free screenings and panel do not require a ticket and a ticket does not guarantee a seat. Admission for free events is first come, first seated. Arrive early.

2017 Action On Film Festival
     Best Editing - Documentary (Nomination)
2017 Jahorina Film Festival
     Official Selection
2017 Southampton International Film Festival
     Best Feature Documentary (Nomination)

     Photography in a Feature Documentary


     Editing in a Feature Documentary (Nomination)
2017 Reale Film Festival
     Best Documentary Award
2017 N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema Events U.S.A.
     "Cittá di Firenze" Special Award
2017 Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film Festival
     Official Selection

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

2018 David di Donatello Awards

Won, Best Director - Jonas Carpignano

​Won, Best Editing - Alfonso Gonclaves

2018 CinEuphoria Awards
Won, CinEuphoria Top Ten of the Year -

     International Competition

     - Jonas Carpignano

2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Nominated, Independent Spirit Award
Best Director - Jonas Carpignano

2018 International Cinephile Society Awards
Won, ICS Award - Best Picture Not Released in 2017

2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Nominated, FIPRESCI Prize

Best Foreign Language Film - Jonas Carpignano

2018 Trieste Film Festival
Won, SNCCI Award
Best Italian Film - Jonas Carpignano​​


2016 ASTI Film Festival

     Premio speciale "Vino è cultura"
2016 AIFF
     Best Foreign Feature
2017 Film Festival KZ (Kazakhstan)
     Best Feature Film
2017 Smile Russia
     Best Cast
2017 Best Film Awards (Romania)
     Nomination\Best Editor|Best Actor

NOTE: If you are purchasing tickets to the Opening Reception, admission to Il Ragazzo Invisibile - Seconda Generazione is included. Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

Accolade Global Film Competition
     Award of Excellence
Hastings Film Fringe
     Finalist - Best Feature
Oniros Film Awards
     Finalist - Best Feature, Best Comedy,

     Best Costume Design, Best Actress
AFC (Asian Film Centre) Global Fest
     Finalist - International Narrative Feature
Los Angeles Cinefest

2017 Venice Film Festival
Nominated, Venice Horizons Award
Best Film - Dario Sansone, Ivan Cappiello, 

Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak


Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

​The remainder of the films will screen at

Jean Cocteau Cinema

Ammore e Malavita

Love and Bullets (2017)

133 min. – Comedy / Crime / Musical

Saturday, April 21 - 6:30 pm

Jean Cocteau Cinema

This music-filled romp earned a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice Film Festival. Ciro (Giampaolo Morelli) is among the most feared men in Naples, one of two killers at the service of crime boss Don Vincenzo (Carlo Buccirosso), “the King of Fish.” One night a young nurse, Fatima (Serena Rossi), finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and sees too much; Ciro is given the job of getting rid of her. But when the two end up face to face, they recognize each other as childhood sweethearts. Set in the beautiful Bay of Naples, the movie is a musical, an action thriller but also a romantic comedy with scores from Neapolitans songs to rap.

DIRECTOR: Antonio Manetti | Marco Manetti
SCREENWRITER: Michelangelo La Neve | Antonio Manetti | Marco Manetti
CAST: Claudia Gerini | Carlo Buccirosso | Giampaolo Morelli | Serena Rossi

Languages: Italian  (English subtitles)

Free Admission Sponsored by Community Angel

Phone: (505) 428-9297
E-mail: info@CineFestaItalia.org

Free Admission Sponsored by Community Angels

A Ciambra


118 min. – Drama

Sunday, April 22 - 6 pm

Violet Crown Cinema

Italy’s official submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, this keenly observed drama from Jonas Carpignano revisits characters from his Mediterranea. At its center is Pio Amato, a 14-year-old boy living on the poor side of a Calabrian town (“A Ciambra”), where frictions between Italians, gypsies and African immigrants run high, and petty crime is a way of life. Carpignano elicits terrific performances from the predominantly nonprofessional cast, aided by Tim Curtin’s fluid cinematography. “A coming-of-age drama with a stealthy emotional charge that further enhances the writer-director’s reputation as a gifted practitioner of Italian neo-neorealism.” – David Rooney (THR) ​

DIRECTOR: Jonas Carpignano

SCREENWRITER: Jonas Carpignano

CAST: Pio Amato | Koudous Seihon 

Languages: Italian  (English subtitles)

Il Ragazzo Invisibile - Seconda Generazione

Invisible Boy - Second Generation


100 min. – Action / Adventure / Comedy

Friday, April 20 - 6 pm

Jean Cocteau Cinema

Heroes meets X-Men, Gabriele Salvatores style! A new era of Italian action / adventure. Two years after its debut, the Invisible Boy is back with the second chapter of the saga, once again directed by Oscar-winner Gabriele Salvatores. The young superhero Michele is now 16 and is facing all the troubles of his age. However, it is hard to return to all of the problems this age demands after having discovered you have super powers.

DIRECTOR: Gabriele Salvatores

SCREENWRITER: Alessandro Fabbri | Ludovica Rampoldi | Stefano Sardo

CAST: Ludovico Girardello | Kseniya Rappoport | Galatéa Bellugi 

Languages: Italian | Russian  (English subtitles)


Oltre il Confine, La Storia di Ettore Castiglioni

Beyond the Border, The Story of Ettore Castiglioni
66 min. – Documentary
Friday, April 20 - 11:30 am
Jean Cocteau Cinema
The story of mountaineer Ettore Castiglioni (1908-1944) lives through the words of his diary. From a young boy coming from a good family, restless and solitary, a lover of arts and music, to lieutenant and then partisan escorting refugees and Jews safely from Italy to the Swiss border. A journey suspended between past and present, through witnesses and documents that try to shine a light on the mountaineer’s death. His diary ends at March 1944. Castiglioni did not want to leave a trace of what happened. After entering Switzerland under false identity, he is arrested in Maloja (Grisons); his clothes and boots are confiscated and he is locked in a room at the hotel Longhin. During the night, he climbs out of the window and faces the Forno glacier wearing only a blanket. His frozen body was later found a few meters over the Italian border. What pushed him to try an impossible escape? And what was his mission in Switzerland? The deeper meaning of his gesture seems to call back to a romantic idea of mountaineering and the need for absolute freedom.

DIRECTOR: Andrea Azzetti | Federico Massa
SCREENWRITER: Andrea Azzetti | Federico Massa | Gerassimos Valentis | Villi Herman
CAST: Stefano Scandaletti
Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Camminando Sull'Acqua

Walking on Water
50 min. – Documentary
Saturday, April 21 - 2:45 pm
Jean Cocteau Cinema

Q&A with Filmmaker following film

The flood of 1966 in Florence through the eyes, the camera and the creativity of Beppe Fantacci, who helped the famous artisans of Florence to survive the devastation of the city. A forgotten story of desperation, creativity and recovery, the film features unreleased, amazing 16mm color footage, and exclusive memories of the flood by families such as Bargellini, Ferragamo, Pucci, Tayar, and by gifted artisans who survived nowadays thanks to men like Beppe Fantacci.

DIRECTOR: Gianmarco D’Agostino
SCREENWRITER: Gianmarco D’Agostino
ASSEMBLY: Alessandro Anichini

Languages: Italian  (English subtitles)

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International New York Film Festival
     Best Costume / Wardrobe Design Award
American Filmatic Arts Awards

     Best Foreign Comedy Feature Award
     Best Costume Design Award
European Cinematography Awards
     Best Comedy Award
IIFA-International Independent Film Award
     Costume Design Gold Award
Play Film Festival
     Best Feature

​​2017 CICFF - Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
     Award Winner - "Outstanding Achievement Award" -
     Category "Debut Film Makers"

A Ciambra will be shown at 

Free Admission Sponsored by Community Angel

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

English subtitles coming soon

Gatta Cenerentola

Cinderella the Cat


86 min. – Animation / Crime / Thriller

Saturday, April 21 - 4:30 pm

Jean Cocteau Cinema

The classic fairytale gets an unexpectedly dark and hip update in this strikingly animated tale from the Italian directorial foursome Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Dario Sansone and Alessandro Rak (all newcomers except for Rak, who earlier directed European Film Award winner The Art of Happiness). Set almost entirely aboard a retro-futuristic ship in the harbor of Naples, the story re-imagines Cinderella as a 17-year-old, vaguely emo-punk chick who's about to be married off to a megalomaniac drug dealer who wants to turn Naples into the crime capital of the world. Of course, there's an evil stepmother who's raising her own children as — what else? — cabaret dancers, and also a heroic policeman who might be able to give this crazy, music-filled and intentionally somewhat chaotic ride a happy ending.

DIRECTOR: Ivan Cappiello | Marino Guarnieri | Alessandro Rak | 

Dario Sansone

SCREENWRITER: Ivan Cappiello | Marianna Garofalo | Marino Guarnieri | Corrado Morra (screenplay) | Alessandro Rak | Dario Sansone | Italo Scialdone

CAST: voices of Massimiliano Gallo | Maria Pia Calzone | Alessandro Gassman

Languages: Italian  (English subtitles)


Free Admission Sponsored by Community Angel

Tutto Quello che Vuoi

English Title: Friends by Chance


106 min. – Comedy / Drama

Saturday, April 21 - 12:30 pm

Jean Cocteau Cinema

Alessandro (Andrea Carpenzano) is a tempestuous young slacker and a source of endless frustration to his father. Giorgio (Giuliano Montaldo) is a former poet in the early stages of Alzheimer syndrome. The two live within a stone’s throw of one another, but their paths have never crossed … until Alessandro is forced to accompany the old man on his afternoon walks. Bruni received a Nastri d’Argento Award for Best Screenplay for this heartwarming dramedy.

DIRECTOR: Francesco Bruni

SCREENWRITER: Francesco Bruni

CAST: Andrea Carpenzano | Giuliano Montaldo

Languages: Italian  (English subtitles)

2018 David di Donatello Awards

Won, Best Supporting Actor - Giuliano Montaldo

Won, Youth David

2017 Italian National Syndicate

of Film Journalists
Won, Guglielmo Biraghi Award -

     Special Mention - Andrea Carpenzano
Nominated, Silver Ribbon
Best Sound (Miglior Sonoro in Presa Diretta)

     - Gianluca Costamagna
Nominated, Silver Ribbon
Best Film (Miglior film)
     - Francesco Bruni

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

The Place


105 min. – Comedy / Drama

Sunday, April 22 - 2:30 pm

Jean Cocteau Cinema

A mysterious man sits every day at the same table of the same restaurant, accepting to grant his visitors’ biggest wishes and assigning them peculiar tasks to accomplish in return. What will they be ready to do to get what they want?

DIRECTOR: Paolo Genovese

SCREENWRITER: Christopher Kubasik (original story) | Paolo Genovese (screenplay) | Isabella Aguilar (screenplay)

CAST: Valerio Mastandrea | Marco Giallini | Alessandro Borghi | Silvio Muccino | Alba Rohrwacher

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)


Free Admission Sponsored by Community Angels

Sagre Balere

Dance Hall Land
73 min. – Documentary
Friday, April 20 - Approx 12:45 pm

(following Oltre il Confine)
Jean Cocteau Cinema

Omar was born in the suburbs of Milan and was destined to be an auto bodyworker, but, instead, he became a successful ballroom singer. He got inspired by listening to ballroom singers at Angelo Zibetti’s Studio Zeta, the biggest dance club in Italy at that time and, this way, he later started his own career. After about a decade working as a singer, he finally met Adele, the love of his life, who became his manager, turned him into a real icon for the fans of ballroom music. Thus he has become the man who could gather enormous crowds of audience at clubs, squares, and local festivals. The film tells the story of Omar and shows him, in his 20th year of career with his band, as we travel together with him in their long tour around many Northern regions of Italy. A life in and out of the spotlight, mirror of a marginal and somehow old fashioned Italy, that is probably destined to disappear for good.

DIRECTOR: Alessandro Stevanon
SCREENWRITER: Eleonora Mastropietro | Alessandro Stevanon
CAST: Omar
Languages: Italian  (English subtitles)

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.

Seating limited; availability cannot be guaranteed.