The Italian Film Series has premiered a contemporary Italian film each month since April at The Little Theatre. These one-time-only screenings are dedicated to showing off the breadth of the country's modern cinematic offerings, and Rochester audiences get a chance to view films that might otherwise have never made it to local theaters. The series' July selection will be "Like Crazy" ("La pazza gioia"), a wonderful seriocomedy following the friendship between two female patients at a Tuscan psychiatric institution.
The flighty and privileged Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) walks around like she owns the place (and indeed claims her family donated the facility's sprawling grounds). She's quite possibly delusional and prone to wild mood swings, even as it's clear her bulldozing personality covers an intense inner fragility. Meanwhile, the newly-admitted Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is withdrawn and obviously still reeling from an unknown traumatic event. But something draws Beatrice to the younger woman, and before long the pair have impulsively escaped, setting out in search of some sense of freedom.
Director Paolo Virzì and co-writer Francesca Archibugi take their time in doling out the specifics of Donatella's past, filling in details of her relationship to her young son and the desperate actions that led to their separation and her being institutionalized. What could have been a formulaic riff on "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" reveals itself to be something a bit more complicated as it builds toward a humane and deeply emotional conclusion.
"Like Crazy" will screen on Thursday, July 27, at The Little (240 East Avenue). The film starts at 7 p.m., but the evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with aperitif and antipasto at Amore Italian Restaurant (1750 East Avenue), and finishes with post-film conversation at Via Girasole Wine Bar (3 Schoen Place) in Pittsford. Film tickets are $10, students and seniors $8. Find more information at ameritalroc.com.
The Little Theatre's Saturday Night Rewind series will show Steven Spielberg's beloved family sci-fi classic "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" on glorious 35mm on Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. (an earlier-than-usual start time). Standard Little ticket prices apply.
Catch last year's Oscar nominee for best picture and box office smash "Hidden Figures" when Movies With a Downtown View returns for the summer with free outdoor film screenings in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square (353 Court Street). The inspirational story of three female African-American mathematicians whose work was critical to launching NASA's first manned missions to space, "Hidden Figures" will screen on Friday, July 14. Lawn opens at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.).
On November 8, 2016, more than 10,000 people placed their "I Voted" stickers on the grave of Susan B. Anthony in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Members of the Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group were there, cameras in hand, to capture the historic occasion. They were also there the following day to find a drastically different scene. The resulting short documentary "Election Day 2016" gets its world premiere with a screening on July 22, in the Carriage House of the Susan B. Anthony Museum (17 Madison Street). Screens at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free, though seating is limited. Visit susanbanthonyhouse.org for details.
Each month, the Alternative Music Film Society hosts a free screening of a music-themed feature at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue). On Thursday, July 20, they'll rock the MAG with "Garbage: One Mile High ... Live," featuring the Shirley Mason-fronted band returning from a five-year hiatus to perform at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado. The movie starts at 6:45 p.m. — and attendees can get half-price admission to the gallery until 9 p.m. Visit Lakeshore Record Exchange (370 Park Avenue), call 244-8476, or visit alternativemusic.com/film for info.
On Friday, July 21, The Little partners with the ImageOut LGBT Film Festival to host a special night of programming to celebrate Rochester Pride. At 6:30 p.m., vogue the house down with "Kiki," a documentary on the New York City ballroom scene, co-presented with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ). Then stick around for "The Babadook," the terrifying psychological horror flick centering around the monstrous newly-minted LGBT icon. That film begins at 9:45 p.m. Normal ticket prices apply.
If you screen it, they will come, and on Friday August 4, the Dryden does just that with a special showing of "Field of Dreams." Director Phil Alden Robinson will be in attendance. Part of the Dryden's "America's Favorite Pastime" series. Tickets to the Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones baseball classic are $15, and $12 for members and students.
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