Sicilian Film Festival 2012April 11-17, Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

The Sicilian Film Festival (SFF), now in its 7th year, provides a continued opportunity for South Floridians to experience films by directors primarily from Southern Italy alongside events that highlight all of the regions art, literature, food and wine, music, fashion, and culture.
Feature films at this year’s SFF include: “Martino’s Summer/L’estate di Martino” starring Treat Williams; Luchino Visconti’s classic “The Leopard/Il Gattopardo” starring Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival and Golden Bear, Berlin Festival recipient; and Golden Globe and Oscar nominated film, “I am Love/Io sonno l’amore” by Luca Guadagnino and starring Tilda Swinton.
Other events include a photography exhibit; a VIP Cocktail Reception at the private residence of the Consul General of Italy; a book-signing event; and awards ceremony with announcement of the SFF Special Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented to actress, Vanessa Redgrave at an official SFF event anticipated to occur this summer in Rome.
While the festival’s home base is Miami Beach, the SFF hosts events in both the US and other cities worldwide including last year’s presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Claudia Cardinale at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival, and the awarding of Honorary Doctorate in Tourism to Miami Beach Vice-Mayor Michael Gongora in Caserta, Italy.

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