A three-day film festival this weekend will give Santa Barbara a little taste of Italian culture.
Cinema al Dente, in its second year at UCSB, will begin tonight at the MultiCultural Center at 6 p.m. The screening on Saturday will also begin at 6 p.m., and Sunday’s screening will begin at 3 p.m. The UCSB Italian Club organized the event. It will showcase four films throughout the weekend, including one by a UCSB student. Admission is free.
“The purpose of this event is to bring the Italian students at UCSB together with the Italian community, the Santa Barbara community, teachers and those interested in Italian culture in one symposium to celebrate the art of Italian film,” Italian Club president and sophomore biology major Billy Ribak said.
The festival will feature a student film written, directed and edited by senior film studies major Alessandro Molatore and two actors. “Clic” – a six-minute film – is a black comedy about two Italian gangsters. It was filmed in Bologna, Italy, where Molatore studied film for four years.
The other films are “Velocita Massima,” which will show Friday, “Il Piu Bel Giorno Della Mia Vita,” which will show along with “Clic” on Saturday, and “Divorzio All’Italiana,” which will show Sunday. All the films are in Italian with English subtitles.
Refreshments will be served at each night’s screenings and raffles will be held each night for prizes, including dinners for two at local Italian restaurants.