film-specials

The ICCC Film Specials are films selected for special screenings and events throughout the year. Most films are projected in Italian with English subtitles.
Snacks and beverages included.


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2019 Contemporary Italian Film Series

Wednesdays in 2019
Doors open at 6:45 pm and films begin at 7:00 pm.

$10 ICCC Members and $15 Non-members
Join us in 2019 for our Contemporary Italian Film Series, recent releases from Italy screened in Italian with English subtitles, all premiering in Texas. Tickets on sale online and at the door.
Get your tickets today - Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Full Schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019: Fortunata (Lucky)
  • Wednesday, February 20: Where I've Never Lived
  • Wednesday, March 20: Sono Tornato (I'm Back)
  • Wednesday, April 17: Euforia
  • Wednesday, May 22: Troppo Napoletano (From Naples with Love)
  • Wednesday, June 19: Sconnessi (Disconnected)
  • Wednesday, July 17: Storie Sospese (Suspended Stories)
  • Wednesday, September 18: Il Tuttofare (The Handyman)

Il Giorno della Memoria - Primo Levi's Journey

On Thursday, January 24, the ICCC will present a short lecture and a screening of the film "Primo Levi's Journey" as we remember the victims of the Holocaust. Each year on January 27, the United Nations remembers the many people of Jewish origin affected by the Holocaust and this day is officially called the "International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust."

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm and film begins at 7:00pm

RSVP - Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Primo Levi's Journey
Directed by Davide Ferrario (2007; 93 minutes; not rated).

Plot: Primo Levi's harrowing memoir If This Is a Man appeared in the U.S. in 1959 as Survival in Auschwitz; historians now regard it as the most critically important written conveyance of the horrors within the Nazi concentration camps. But the account in that text only represents half of Levi's story. The other half began after his release from Auschwitz. Instead of simply returning to his native Turin, Levi and 600 others were forcibly shipped east -- thousands of miles away from their homes. Thus began a grueling, trans-national journey that Levi undertook, across war-ravaged Europe and back to Turin -- a journey that took all of 12 months to complete, and that filled him, alternately, with incredulity, anger, wonder, and astonishment -- as he reflected on the meaning of his own survival in the camps. Levi died in 1987; as a tribute to the belletrist and historian, acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker Davide Ferrario (Far from Rome, Borderline) retraces Levi's route with his cameras in his documentary Primo Levi's Journey. Ferrario travels through Ukraine, Belarus, Moldavia, Romania, Hungary, Germany, and south to his native country, evaluating, at each stop, the sociological climate and the various ways in which Eastern Europe has alternately evolved and remained static over the prior 60 years. Ferrario touches on numerous issues relevant to the contemporary sociopolitical landscape of Eastern Europe, as the Russian satellite countries struggle to develop national identities, and concurrently reflects on the experiences of Levi's original trip. Celebrated Polish filmmaker Andrezj Wajda appears early on and serves as a "tour guide" for one of the first legs of the voyage.


Past Film Specials

Italy In A Day

Come celebrate settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo (The Week of Italian Language in the World) with us! We'll be screening the film "Italy in a Day", comprised of short videos submitted by over 45,000 Italians going about their daily lives on a single day in October 2013. The clips, collected and pieced together by director Gabriele Salvatores, paint a portrait of a troubled but vibrant country.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Doors open at 6:45 pm and film begins at 7:00 pm


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8th Annual Festa di Ferragosto

Celebrate the 8th Annual Festa di Ferragosto with us! Bring your friends and your favorite bottle of wine, and come gather with fellow film-goers for Italian pizza and soft drinks. We will be watching L'ora Legale. The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Doors open at 5:00pm and film begins at 5:30pm

$15 ICCC Members and $20 Non-members
Get your tickets today - Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

L'ora Legale:
Directed by and starring Ficarra and Picone (2017 release, 92 minutes).

Plot: A new mayor is elected to bring honesty and strict laws to a village in Sicily. But when Salvo and Valentino are betrayed by these new laws, they'll jump into action to stop him.


Ciao Houston Summer Film Festival

Wednesdays, May 16, June 27, and July 25, 2018
Doors open at 6:45 pm and films begin at 7:00 pm.

$10 ICCC Members and $15 Non-members
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.
Get your tickets today - Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Wednesday, May 16: The Prize
Directed by Alessandro Gassmann; starring Gigi Proietti, Alessandro Gassmann, Anna Foglietta, Rocco Papaleo, and Matilda De Angelis (2017, 99 minutes).
Plot: Giovanni is a cynical and self-centered best-selling novelist who has lived an exaggerated life. When he finds out he has been awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature, because of his fear of flying, he plans to drive from Rome to Stockholm for the ceremony. He involves in this trip his son Oreste, a personal trainer, and his daughter Lucrezia, a blogger, two losers in his eyes. In a journey full of unexpected events, they will have a unique opportunity to face deep family dynamics and get to better know each other.

Wednesday, June 27: Couch Potatoes
Directed by Francesca Archibugi; starring Claudio Bisio, Antonia Truppo, Cochi Ponzoni, Gaddo Bacchini, and Ilaria Brusadelli(2017, 120 minutes).
Plot: Giorgio and Tito, father and son. A successful journalist and a lazy teenager apparently impossible to understand. Giorgio’s dream is to take Tito to the Nasca Hill in Liguria, but Tito prefers to spend his entire day with his group of friends, eating, talking about nothing and playing video games. Until one day, when he suddenly informs his father that he would join him in this trip. After a series of accidents and misunderstandings, at the end, somehow father and son will find the way to communicate… or at least they will try.

Wednesday, July 25: Them Who
Directed by Francesco Micciché and Fabio Bonifaci; starring Marco Giallini and Edoardo Leo (2015, 95 minutes).
Plot: What would you do if your life gets twisted upside down by the best of the tricksters? With no more money, job and even girlfriend, David runs after his swindler Marcello, but charmed by his life, he suddenly decides to join him.

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Pizza + Movie Night: The Place

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Doors open at 5:15 pm and film begins at 5:30 pm

$15 ICCC Members & Students and $20 Non-members
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.
Get your tickets today - Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7
Disclaimer: The film includes scenes that some viewers may find unsuitable. Viewer discretion is advised.

The Place
Directed by Paolo Genovese; starring Valerio Mastandrea, Marco Giallini, and Alessandro Borghi (2017, 105 minutes).

Plot: A mysterious man sits every day at the same table of the same restaurant, accepting to grant his visitors' biggest wishes and assigning them peculiar tasks to accomplish in return. What will they be ready to do to get what they want?

Indivisibili

RESCHEDULED TO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 pm and film begins at 7:00 pm

$10 ICCC Members & Students and $15 Non-members 
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.
Get your tickets today - Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7
Viewer discretion is advised. Film contains content of a sexual nature.

Indivisibili
Directed by Edoardo De Angelis; starring Angela and Marianna Fontana (2016, 100 minutes).

Plot: Daisy and Violet are twin sisters on the verge of turning 18. They are blessed with beautiful voices and are sought after to sing at weddings, communions and baptisms. Their real draw is another trait which cloaks them in fascinating charm: they are siamese twins. They support their family with their singing like a well oiled company/entertainment machine. This idyllic situation ends when a notable English doctor sees them at a first communion in Casertavecchia. He sentences them to the possibility of a normal life when he states, "I can separate you."

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