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Not one, but two Italian film festivals

There are enough Italian movies to keep even the most indulgent cineaste satisfied. In fact tonight there will be an overflowing indulgence of imported films to satisfy local audiences. Miami Dade College and the Italian Film Festival will kick off Cinema Italia 2007, a free screening series that will bring classic flicks to the Tower Theater. Tonight’s offering is Fellini’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita. Screenings are scheduled for the third Friday of every month, and the series will run until December. Call 305-643-8796, or visit www.mdc.edu.

But the boot isn’t getting all of the big-screen love this weekend; Italy’s best known island is the subject of a fest of its own. The second annual Sicilian Film Festival began on Wednesday, May 16, and continues through Sunday, May 20, at venues all over the city. Tonight from 5:30 to 9:00, the fest touches down at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (512 Espanola Way, Miami Beach) for screenings of short films by Andrea Di Falco, documentaries by Alberto Castiglione, and animation by Razam Hijazi. Admission is free, and there’s an after-screening, reservations-required dinner at Hosteria Romana, an Italian restaurant just down the street. Call 305-710-4593, or visit www.sicilianfilmfestival.com.
May 16-20
 
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