Indie Memphis partners with the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities to present Italian Film Festival -- Screenings begin Tuesday, March 29 @ University of Memphis

Indie Memphis is thrilled to partner with the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities to help present their 2011 Italian Film Festival, made possible by the Italian Culture Institute of Chicago and UNICO.

All screenings will be shown in the University Center Theater at the University of Memphis and are free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin Parking Garage next to the University Center.

7 pm Tuesday, March 29 @ University of Memphis - University Center Theater
Admission: FREE

The directorial debut of Italian actor Rocco Papaleo, Basilicata Coast to Coast is about four small-time musicians -- a professor of mathematics, a tobacco shop owner, a carpenter and an actor -- who set off on a road trip to participate in the Scanzano Jonico musical festival, crossing the region of Basilicata from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Ionian Sea on foot. Their little odyssey is recorded by a reluctant, unhappy journalist played by acclaimed Italian actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno.

7 pm Thursday, March 31 @ University of Memphis - University Center Theater

Happy Family, directed by Oscar-winning Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo), is an adaption of a successful play by Alessandro Genovesi, itself a modern reworking of Pirandello's classic Six Characters in Search of an Author. An unemployed scriptwriter finds himself clashing with his characters who appear on his computer. At the center of his story are two families forced to meet because of a rash decision by their two 16-year-old children. A simple bicycle accident catapults the scriptwriter into his own story.

7 pm Tuesday, April 5 @ University of Memphis - University Center Theater

18 Years Later (18 Anni Dopo), Edoardo Leo's first film, won special mention at the Rome Independent Film Festival in 2010. The film tells the story of Mirko and Genziano, two brothers who have not seen nor spoken to each in eighteen years. Genziano now lives in London where he is a successful stock broker. Mirko remained in Rome where he helps their father in his mechanic's garage. The death of their father forces them to reunite. A bittersweet comedy on guilt, family relations, settling accounts and all that happened eighteen years later.