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Tampa’s First Italian Festival This Weekend

Straz Center For the Performing Arts

Tampa’s first Italian Film Festival, Vivere All ’Italiana: Italian Film, will be premiering at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts this weekend.

The TECO Theater will host three films on Saturday and three on Sunday. It is curated by Dr. Patrizia La Trecchia, an associate professor for the University of South Florida and director of the USF Italian program, in conjunction with the Consulate General of Italy in Florida

“I’ve always wanted to create an Italian Film Festival because I came here, I saw Tampa, an upcoming thriving city, and I wanted to make a contribution and there was never an opportunity. I accidentally bumped in to Judy Lisi (Chief Executive Officer) from Straz and it just clicked,” said La Trecchia.

Six modern classics from Italian cinema will be screened over two days:

  • Il giovane favoloso
  • Puccini e la fanciulla
  • Pazze di me
  • Occhi chiusi
  • Corpo celeste
  • La kryptonite nella borsa

“Cinema is a great tool to document society. It acts as a sort of social document, so I’m hoping that whoever comes will be sort of traveling to Italy for a few hours,” said La Trecchia. “It is really important to be curious about the world and to travel. I think it helps us so much to become better global citizens.”
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. More information on shows and seat reservations can be found on the Straz website.

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