13th Cinema Italy – Italian Film Festival in MiamiPosted on: October 13th, 2015 by Agustina Pais
Ten new unreleased films in competition will be screened at the Regal Cinema South Beach starting on Opening Night October 8th with after parties every night and more. Also, there will be a number of special events leading to opening night in different venues throughout Miami and the Beaches. For the full information, schedule of films and events please visit www.cinemaitaly.com or call 305-864-0101.
VIPs and pass holders joined the Opening Night October 8th, presented by ITA, the Italian Trade Agency, at the Regal Cinema South Beach for an exclusive advance screening of the first movie in competition “Se Dio Vuole.” Post screening guests joined Cinema Italy Festival President & Artistic Director, Claudio Di Persia, and Cinema Italy’s Godmother – actress & producer Maria Grazia Cucinotta, at fabulous after-party around the pool of the Delano Hotel, the official hotel of Cinema Italy 2015. Featuring music mixed by Italian renowned DJ Corrado Rizza, guests enjoyed a selection of hor d’oeuvres prepared by the Delano Chef, a trilogy of vodka drinks specially designed for the occasion, excellent wines & bubbles provided by Casa Rovigatti, Stella Artois Beer and great fun in one of the most exclusive venues in Miami.
Sunday, October 11, 7:30pm – Regal Cinema Miami Beach, 1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Cast: Daniela Foa, Anna Jimskaia, Nadiah M Din, Pino Ammendola,
Director: Marco Pollini
Arriving to Italy in search of a better life and more opportunities, Carmen, Lola and Irina are immigrant girls living a very different reality. Decided to leave their abusive households and their unhealthy professions, they all land in a retirement home searching for hope, and a job.
With no experience, no money and no visas, they are all taken in with low pay and no visa support. They don’t know, however, that the older residents have mistaken and misinterpreted their arrivals. Miscommunication at its best, the elderly men overheard a conversation between the girls and the director of the home and assumed the girls were hired to kill them.
The story turns into a comedy when the elderly men begin to pull pranks on these women, hoping to make them quit. The girls, then, have to determine whether they will continue with their jobs or whether they’ll give up.
Le Badanti girls put on quite a show, but unfortunately it was balanced, if not off-set, by amateur acting skills. For a number of scenes, it felt as if you were watching a bad soap opera. And, to some extent, it was sort of a bad soap opera. From fake crying to exaggerated and failed sensuality, it would’ve been easy to stop watching then and there.
However, the Italian scenery and the message of the movie keep you hanging on. It was a film that reminded us that age is simply a number- the young spirit is in all of us. It demonstrated the perseverance of three women (three mothers) and the extremes that they’ll go to provide their kids with a healthy future.
Despite the film’s minor shortcomings, the Italian film is well worth a few hours of your time. Le Badanti is sentimental and heartfelt. A few moments of tears, but leveled by many other hilarious times, it’s an emotional roller-coaster with a happy ending.