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One screening only!
Pasinetti Award NOMINATED Best Film Venice Film Fest
Best Foreign Film Golden Globes
The passions, dreams, hopes and delusions of an entire Sicilian community, Baarìa (local slang for Tornatore's native Bagheria), as seen through the eyes of three generations: from Ciccio Torrenuova, to his son Peppino, to his grandson Pietro. In the years of Fascism, Ciccio is a modest sheepherder who finds time to dedicate himself to his passion: books, poems of chivalry, and popular novels. During the food shortages of the Second World War, his son struggles against injustice and, although lacking education, he becomes passionate about politics, eventually becoming a member of the local government. In the meantime, he meets and elopes with the woman of his life, Mannina, with whom he has five children. Filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore is in love with his world, his characters and his landscape, as everything comes alive under his touch and he has an unerring ability to summon the dreams and aspirations of a young man fighting for his beliefs, while also reveling in the exuberance and comedy of existence as Baarìa captures the wonder of a lifetime of living.
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy, 2009, 150 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.
Presented by the Italian Film Festival U.S.A, which is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, and in collaboration with Facets Multimedia. See italianfilmfests.org for further information
FREE and open to the general public. For this special presentation, seating is extremely limited. Reservations are required. Please call (312) 822-9545 x 198 to RSVP.