Goethe, the German writer who found his aesthetic inspiration in 18th-century Italy, wrote that “to have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” Unfortunately, the bulk of Miami remains without the clue to everything because of a long list of factors that includes short vacation time and long 21st-century plane rides. Surely, then, Goethe would be grateful that the Sicilian Film Festivalat the Miami Beach Cinematheque arrives annually to enlighten us. The festival opens Wednesday at 7 p.m. with an homage to its seven years of success — I Love the Sicilian Film Festival (Miami Molto), a documentary that recounts the collaboration between Sicilian-born sculptor, musician, writer, and designer Emanuele Viscuso and playwright and essayist Salvo Bitoni, which sparked the start of the festival. That screening is for VIP pass holders (passes cost $250 to $1,500). Then, at 8 p.m., I Am Love (Io Sono l’Amore), a tragic love story starring Tilda Swinton screens for $15 a ticket. A winner at several festivals, the movie follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie in Milan at the turn of the millennium.
April 11-17, 2012