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Italy Gets a Film Fest Close Up 

When: Thu., Sept. 15 2011
After delighting in the beauty and romance of Rome, Clevelander Joyce Mariani set out to find a way to bring Italy's charm home with her. The result? The Italian Film Festival, the region's first film fest devoted exclusively to award-winning Italian flicks. "One of my greatest passions is giving pleasure to people through the arts," Mariani says. "I find that our filmgoers love to be entertained, escaping into the humor, fantasy, and passion that Italian [films] portray so well." Founded in 2006, the four-week festival is gaining a big following and generally sells out its one-per-week screenings. It all starts tonight with a 7:30 p.m. showing of the 1996 classic Big Night at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Other offerings include Il Gattopardo (September 22), Foccacia Blues (September 29), and Il Cacciatore di Anatre (October 6), which will screen at the Capitol Theatre. Snag your $10 tickets in advance, by phone, at the number below. Visit the film festival's Facebook page for more details.— Logan Boggs 2163 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-456-8117.

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