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MDC Tower Theater Presents an Italian Film Weekend

we have a Pope

Miami, April 19, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Tower Theater, in collaboration with Società Dante Alighieri, will present an Italian Film Weekend beginning Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.  The showcase will include four Italian films and one co-production from Belgium, France and Italy.

We Have a Pope (Habemus papam), written and directed by renowned Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, opens the five-film extravaganza. Moretti’s latest film humorously recreates Vatican City and ponders a scenario in which a newly elected pope (interpreted by the great French actor Michel Piccoli) finds himself unable to shoulder the weight of that responsibility. Official selection at the latest Cannes Film Festival, We Have a Pope was voted the top film of 2011 by the influential French magazine Cahiers du Cinema. Following these initial weekend screenings, the film will screen for two weeks exclusively at the Tower Theater.

Veteran Italian filmmaker Pupi Avati (Giovanna's Father) returns to the Tower Theater with The Second Wedding Night (La Seconda notte di nozze) a gentle, comedic drama set in post-war Italy. The single screening of this relevant film will be on Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The presentation is part of Cinema Italia, a monthly film series, co-sponsored by MDC’s Tower and the Società Dante Alighieri, which is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year. Italian General Consul Adolfo Barattolo is scheduled to attend this screening. An Italian Wine Tasting, sponsored by Società Dante Alighieri, will be held on Friday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.

The showcase will also present the acclaimed The Salt of Life (Gianni e le donne) by Gianni di Lorenzo, the writer, director and star of 2010's surprise summer hit Mid-August Lunch. Set in Trastevere, one of the most popular neighborhoods in Rome, this sparkling comedy has been one of the most recent New York Times Critics’ picks.

Two of the films in the selection include roles by the brilliant Italian actress Margherita Buy, who plays a small part as the wife of the Pope’s psycho-analyst in We Have a Pope, and the leading role as a middle-aged single woman caught up in her younger sister’s impending nuptials in the delightful Italian-style comedy: Weddings and Other Disasters (Matrimoni e altri disastri),

The selection ends with the extraordinary Belgian-French-Italian co-production The Kid with a Bike (Le gamin au vélo), the new masterpiece from the internationally recognized Dardenne brothers, an indisputable pearl at the recently concluded Miami International Film Festival, Golden Globe nominee as Best Foreign Language Film and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Regular tickets are $8 for the general public; $7 for MDC students and staff, seniors, and Miami Film Society members; $6 for Tower Theater patrons with valid 5-ticket package. Discount tickets will be available during the weekend for Dante Alighieri Society members, MDC students and staff, and Miami Film Society members. With the presentation of their ID’s, they will have $1 off on the regular prices. A purchased ticket for one of any April 27 screenings is required to attend the Italian Wine Tasting, at the Theater upper lobby.

MDC’s Tower Theater is a division of Miami International Film Festival. It has been dubbed as one of the “10 great places to see a movie in splendor” by USA Today.  

Società Dante Alighieri is the Italian Cultural Institute and School in Miami and San Juan, P.R.

Free parking is available in the public lots behind the theater.


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Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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