Hawaii Premiere

Saturday, November 13 @ 6:30pm
Carissimi Cinema Italiano in Hawai´i fans,

Cinema Italiano in Hawai´i and Palisades Tartan, the US film distributor are thrilled to present a free screening of the Hawaii premiere of LA PRIMA COSA BELLA aka The First Beautiful Thing. This highly anticipated new film by award-winning director Paolo Virzi (TUTTA LA VITA DAVANTI)is coming to Honolulu on November 13th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the University of Hawaii Art Auditorium! This brilliant comedy-drama won Best Actor (Valero Mastandrea), Best Actress (Micaela Ramazzotti) and Best Screenplay at the 2010 David di Donatello Awards, and is Italy's 2011 entry to the 2011 Oscars.

LA PRIMA COSA BELLA aka The First Beautiful Thing (2010)

Film Synopsis
Gorgeous Anna Nigiotti was named Miss Mamma of Livorno´s most famous bath house in 1971, and her son Bruno never got over the embarrassment. Burning all the bridges to his past, Bruno left home to make a living far away. But now that Bruno´s mother (who´s still a ball of fire) is terminally ill, his sister Valeria has convinced him he needs to come home to Livorno. This highly engaging family drama will make you laugh and cry, sometimes both the same time.

To help gain deeper appreciation of this exciting film event, Cinema Italiano in Hawai´i, along with the University of Hawai´i Art and Art History Department present a lecture on Italian film by visiting distinguished Italian and Film Professors Fulvio Orsitto and Chiara Ferrari. The film presentation and lecture will be followed by a Q & A.

Prof. Sonia Massari
Sonia Massari is the Director of Gustolab Center for Food and Culture in Rome. Programs director of University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign- in Rome. BA in Communication Studies, MA in Web and TV reporting. She was Visiting Scholar and Specialist Professor (Visual arts) at Montclair State University and CUNY (US). She is currently a PHD candidate at Florence University - Dep Telematica and Societa’ dell"Informazione. Her current research focuses on food and urban design. She will be editor of the book: " ID City - The identity of the italian cities".

Prof. Fulvio Orsitto
He is Assistant Professor and Director of the Italian and Italian American program at California State University, Chico. Born in Turin, Italy, he holds a Laurea/BA in Italian literature (1998) and a Laurea/BA in film and media studies (2001) from the University of Turin. In 2000 he moved to the United States to teach at Connecticut College. In 2003 he earned a Master of Arts in Italian at the University of Connecticut, and in 2004 he received a Master in Film Studies from the University of Turin. In 2008 he received his Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Connecticut. He has published several articles and book chapters on Italian American and Italian Contemporary cinema.

Prof. Chiara Ferrari
She is Assistant Professor at California State University, Chico where she coordinates the Mass Communication Design Option in the Dept of Communication Design. Last year she published an edited anthology titled “Beyond Monopoly. Globalization and Contemporary Italian Media” and her single-authored volume “Since When is Fran Drescher Jewish?” is forthcoming in January through UT Press. Her most recent work focuses on representations of terrorism in contemporary Italian cinema.

Prof.Giovanni Migliara
- Ph.D. student U.N.E.D. University of Madrid, Spain
- M.A. Didactics of Italian to Foreign students, Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy
- M.A. International Cultural Management, University of Genoa, Italy
Taught for several years at James Madison University, Virginia, U.S.A., Hull University, U.K., Istituto Italiano di Cultura Barcelona, & ESADE University, Barcelona, Spain. Publications on Italian contemporary literature (Baricco, Benni, Drago, ecc).

Filmmaker Andrea Carosso
Ph.D.candidate University of Genova
MA Italian History, thesis on “ Movies and historical documentaries”
Video maker and filmmaker. He won several important movie and documentary festival
He organizes cineforum, short movie festival and workshops on Italian Cinema in Genova and US universities.

Prof. Giovanni Spani
He is Assistant Professor of Italian at the College of the Holy Cross. He holds a Laurea in Political Sciences from the University of Padua, a Master and a PhD in Italian literature from Indiana University. His areas of interest include Italian literature of the Middle Ages, Medieval and contemporary Italian history and historiography, Italian culture, modern Italian literature, and contemporary Italian cinema. He co-authored the volume Streetwise Italian Dictionary/Thesaurus: the User-Friendly Guide to Italian to Italian Slang and Idioms (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005).

Prof. Gloria Pastorino
She is Assistant Professor of Italian and French at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she also teaches English literature and drama. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University with a dissertation on Dario Fo’s stage language, now turned into two volumes for Mellen Press. Her publications include several articles on Italian cinema and translations for American productions of plays by Dario Fo, Luigi Pirandello, Mariangela Gualtieri, Romeo Castellucci, Lella Costa e Juan Mayorga.

Prof. Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto
Born in Somalia and raised in Italy, Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto holds a Laurea from the University of Bologna, a Master and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She is Assistant Professor of Italian at Auburn University. Her areas of research include Italian literature and cinema of the Fascist period, Italian colonialism, contemporary African Diaspora literature and film in Italy; as well as postcolonial theory, race and ethnic studies. She is working on a manuscript titled Out of Stock. Representing Mulattoes and Diaspora Cultures in Fascist Italy examining the hybrid figures of African-Italian mulattoes and Italian-Levantines as presented in Italy’s Fascist propagandist literature and cinema of the 1930s.

Gelato from La Gelateria will be served to those who come promptly at 6:30 pm. The film presentation and lecture will be held at the Art Auditorium at the University of Hawaii. Parking on campus is available for a fee.

A presto,

Margherita Balbo Parrent
Founder & President
Cinema Italiano in Hawaii

Tartan Films was originally founded in 1984 in the UK and is credited with bringing Asian Extreme film to the West as well as some of the most compelling art house films of the last quarter century. In May 2008, Palisades Pictures acquired Tartan Films US library assets and two months later, acquired a majority of Tartan Films UK痴 400+ film library assets. The new company Palisades Tartan has operations both nationally and internationally. Palisades Tartan will continue to expand an already distinctive and provocative slate of films by focusing on quality film acquisitions, thus significantly increasing the size of their overall library in both territories. Palisades Pictures and its parent company Palisades Media Corp is a prestigious financier of print & advertising for the independent film market. Together with its affiliate, Palisades Media Asset Fund, Palisades has securitized and financed more than 550 films.