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July 22–28, 2005

U.S. Premiere

Agata and the Storm
(Agata e la Tempesta)

Film still: Agata and the Storm
for 8 Italian
Academy Awards
"Bright, bouncy and blithely sexy"
  —Chicago Tribune
"The film keeps a generally quiet surface, which makes every outburst seem
  —Onion AV Club

Agata (Licia Maglietta from Bread and Tulips) is the vivacious owner of a bookstore who seems serenely content with her life. She prescribes books to her customers that are selected so that they can feel better about themselves. However, her lifestyle changes abruptly when she is pursued by a younger man, and as things go awry, she discovers that she has an unsettling impact on the operation of electrical appliances—literally producing short circuits and burning out lamps—when she becomes excited. Meanwhile her architect brother, Gustavo (Emilio Solfrizzi) is shocked by a revelation that irrevocably changes his life as well. The chorus of this ensemble comedy reaches heights of suspense, laughter and tenderness as the destinies of a myriad of equally endearing and outrageous characters intertwine. However, it is Agata's joy and "explosive" magnetism in the face of the irony of life that eventually offers the chance to fulfill the storm of unfulfilled desires. This is an outstanding new comedy by the director of the worldwide hit Bread and Tulips, which was also nominated for eight Italian Academy Awards (David di Donatello) including Best Actress, Best supporting Actor and Actress.

Directed by Silvio Soldini, 2004, Italy/Switzerland/UK, 35mm, 125 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Jul. 22 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
  • Sat., Jul 23 at 1:30 & 3:45 pm
  • Sun., Jul. 24 at 2:30, 4:45 & 7 pm
  • Mon.-Tues., Jul. 25-26 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
  • Thurs., Jul. 28 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
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