Opening night was packed, and for good reason: Based on the strength of the opening film alone (Fortapasc, the thirteenth film from veteran Marco Risi), I'm dying to see the whole program.
Fortapasc is a stunningly shot film about Giancarlo Siani, a 26-year-old fledgling reporter gunned down in 1985 for digging too deeply into the dealings of the Camorra, the infamous Neapolitan mafia. Highlights include the a thoroughly charming performance by Libero de Rienzo, who bears uncanny resemblance to the real-life Siani.
Almost every film comes with an Italian visitor; if the rest of them are like Risi, who spoke last night, you'll be treated to delightful Q&As that leap back and forth between Italian and broken English, with a translator who follows with all the skill of a linguistic trapeze artist.
Be sure to check this out if you get a chance: We're one of only three American cities (with New York and San Francisco) to get it. Runs through November 21.