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Italian director Pupi Avati will receive the PSIFF International Filmmaker Award this year. He and his producer (and brother) Antonio Avati will be present for a tribute program of six titles, which illustrate the development of the Avati style.

The large number of excellent new films made or produced in Italy is notable this year, where a plethora of striking new directorial talents are emerging to join the large number of accomplished filmmakers who make this one of the most vita current international hotbeds of great cinema. We feature a number of U.S. premieres as well as the latest work by Marco Tullio Giordana, whose Best of Youth won the PSIFF Audience Award in 2004.


A Christmas Gift   

A Christmas Gift
Italy, 1986, 102 min.
A parable on friendship and the power of money. Four friends gather on Christmas Eve for a poker game organized to rip off a rich industrialist who is supposed to be easy prey. But the night turns out different than planned, and in the end those who came to overcome leave defeated.... more



The Fever   

The Fever
Italy, 2005, 123 min.
In this box office hit, Mario, a young building surveyor, decides to follow his dream to open a nightclub with a group of friends. He endures numerous problems and misjudgements that an unexpected love finally makes right. It's a passionate declaration of love for Italy and enthusiasm for life.... more



Graduation Party   

Graduation Party
Italy, 1985, 97 min.
A graduation party thrown by a quiet confectioner for the daughter of his secret beloved turns into a disaster, full of envy and nasty actions. But the film made from the event shows a different version, where a fake feeling of joy takes the place of wicked reality... more



The House With The Laughing Windows   

The House With The Laughing Windows
Italy, 1976, 111 min.
Director Avati took a step into thriller territory in this early work. A gothic chiller, it revolves around the restoration of a painting depicting the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. The art historian discovers evidence that the painter may have been involved in satanic rites and human sacrifice.... more



The Life That I Want   

The Life That I Want
Italy, 2005, 126 min.
True emotion as well as jealousy and manipulation mark the love story of two actors on the set of a historical drama. The script becomes so close to their reality that it hurts them deeply, yet, at the same time, they have difficulty differentiating between their real and "reel" lives.... more



Mario’s War   

Mario’s War
Italy, 2005, 98 min.
A middle class couple take a foster child without imagining how this choice will impact their life. The wife finds a meaning in life that transcends her expectations, the husband cannot relate with the child in any way and the child himself is stranded in a world where he cannot fit in. ... more



Once You’re Born You Can No Longer Hide   

Once You’re Born You Can No Longer Hide
Italy, 2005, 119 min.
A 13-year-old boy thought lost at sea is rescued by a boat of illegal aliens travelling to Italian shores. His trip back to his own life and family as a societal outsider will mark his passage to adulthood. From the director of The Best of Youth, the 2004 PSIFF Audience Award winner.... more



A School Outing   

A School Outing
Italy, 1983, 91 min.
Two high-school teachers take their students for an outing in the mountains. The youngsters flirt with each other, and the older teacher confesses his love for his younger colleague. However, a scandal breaks out when it's discovered that she's had a fling with one of her students.... more



Stolen Children   

Stolen Children
Italy, 2005, 95 min.
Poignant and daring, this film shows how a child survives the cruelty of the world he is forced to live in, and his daily fight for life in the slums of Naples. His innocence resists corruption and the strength of his dreams may save him in the end.... more



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