Need a break? Plan ahead for the ninth annual Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis/St Paul. It’s set for February 16-19 at various sites, including St Anthony Main Theater and the Minneapolis Event Center, just around the corner at 212 2nd Street Southeast.
The Festival features eight contemporary Italian movies and a celebration of director Sergio Leone, with a screening of his masterpiece Once Upon a Time in the West.
Sponsors promise a broad range of films – “blockbuster comedies, searing dramas, and thought-provoking and touching films that explore the vast complexities of Italy and its people.” The opening night film is Quo Vado? the highest grossing film in Italian history.
The Film Festival bursts on the scene with an Opening Night Party and Live Auction at the Minneapolis Event Center. Guests are invited to sample complimentary appetizers and drinks while placing bids on unique items at the live auction. Word has it the possibilities include a Sergio Leone gift basket, dinner certificates at Italian Eatery and Pazzaluna, opera and Chanhassen Dinner theater tickets, and a tour of WCCO.
For a full schedule of the films, programs and tickets go to mspfilm.org/IFF2017.