2012 Cinema Italiano Contemporaneo – Movie Line-up


This year’s Cinema Italiano Contemporaneo will offer an opportunity to delve into some of the social issues which define contemporary Italian life. The films will be preceded by an educational presentation and may be followed by a Q&A session.

As in years past, Dr. Anna Brusutti, Film & Media Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, will introduce each movie and will lead the Q&A session afterwards.

Please join us for three evenings of fine entertainment and for the opportunity to further your knowledge of modern Italy and its culture.



Fe Bland Theater ▪ SBCC West Campus ▪

721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara CA 

7:30 pm: Doors open to general public at 7:15:

Seating limited to 140 seats.


For more information call (805) 969-1018
Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of S.B., a 501 C (3) organization



Saturday, September 29th: “HABEMUS PAPAM”

2011 –  (We Have a Pope)

A pope has died…the Cardinals are now meeting in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new Pope.  After several ballots they finally elect one of the least likely candidates.  The movie is the story of this man….

Directed by:  Nanni Moretti                                            Starring:  Michel Piccoli and Nanni Moretti                    Genre:  Drama

Saturday, October 6:   “TERRAFERMA” 

2011 – (Dry Land)

It is the story of the people of a small island off the coast of Sicily.  Life is hard, good jobs are very few.  People talk about going to the mainland in search of a better life.  Then, desperate people coming from another continent start arriving….

Directed by: Emanuele Crialese                         Starring: Filippo Pucello, Donatella Finocchiaro, Beppe Fiorello.                                                                      Genre:  Drama

Saturday, October 13 – “UN ALTRO MONDO” 

 2010 – (Another World)

A wealthy young man discovers that he has a half-brother in Nairobi, Kenya.  He leaves his privileged life and his girlfriend and flies to Africa …..

Directed by:  Silvio Muccino                                            Starring:  Silvio Muccino, Michael Rainey Jr., Isabella Ragonese.                                                                             Genre:  Drama