Hawaii Premiere

Thursday, September 22 @ 1:15pm
Friday, September 23 @ 10:45am
Saturday, September 24 @ 5:05pm
Saturday, September 24 @ 9:30pm

Director: Director: Marco Risi, Winner Best Director Italian Golden Globes 2009
Cast: Libero De Rienzo, Valentina Lodovini, Michele Riondino,
Italy, 2009, 108 minutes Drama - 5 wins and 14 nominations

Marco Risi's compelling new drama FORTAPASC strikingly re-creates the last four months in the life of 26-year-old journalist Giancarlo Siani, during the period in which he begins an investigation into the connection between local government and the Naples mafia.

Giancarlo (Libero De Rienzo) is an idealistic adjunct reporter attached to the Neapolitan suburb of Torre Annunziata. His dream is to become a fully accredited journalist, but editor Sasa (Ernesto Mahieux) isn't interested in investigative stories. When Giancarlo stumbles upon a conversation between local kingpin Valentino Gionta (Massimiliano Gallo) and big boss Carmine Alfieri (Gigio Morra), he seizes the chance to write a real expose. With the enthusiasm and courage of youth, Giancarlo plunges into the criminal world arousing the deadly anger of the mob.

Critically acclaimed, FORTAPASC is a hardhitting take on the murder of idealism. The film's title (pronounced "Fort-a-pash" in dialect) references John Ford's classic western, Fort Apache, and the lawlessness of Mafia-ruled Naples, here brought to vivid, Scorsese-like life.

Taken from the Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2011 website.