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As part of its monthly Classic Film Series, Coronado Island Film Festival will bring the Italian Oscar winner, “Cinema Paradiso” (1989), to the Village Theatre, 620 Orange Avenue, on Wednesday, July 27.

As part of its monthly Classic Film Series, Coronado Island Film Festival will bring the Italian Oscar winner, “Cinema Paradiso” (1989), to the Village Theatre, 620 Orange Avenue, on Wednesday, July 27.

Tickets, which include complimentary adult beverages and other refreshments, are $15 and may be purchased in advance at coronadofilmfest.com (preferred), or at the CIFF table at the door beginning at 4:45 p.m. on the night of the screening (cash or credit card). Theatre doors will open at 5 p.m. for the “Meet and Greet,” with a vintage cartoon and feature starting at 5:20 p.m.

And, something new: an “after-the-movie” gathering is planned. Head on over to Coronado’s popular Italian restaurant Garage Buona Forchetta, where manager Marco Zannoni will have a complimentary glass of Prosecco for film attendees and is saving seating for 50 on the patio for CIFF. Guests are asked to make their own reservations directly with the restaurant no later than Monday, July 25 for 8:30, 8:45, or 9 p.m., guests must order directly from the menu and will be responsible for their own dinner checks. Be sure to mention “CIFF” when you reserve. A fun way to continue the Italian mood and talk about the movie with friends!

Arguably one of the greatest Italian films ever made, Cinema Paradiso won the 1990 Best Foreign Film Oscar, 5 BAFTA awards, and 1989 Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix award. It’s a timeless classic that will make you smile and weep in equal measure. “There’s no way you’re not going to love this movie,” says festival founder Doug St. Denis, “it will overwhelm you emotionally in the very best way.” CIFF Executive Director Merridee Book agrees. “This is the first time we’ve included a foreign language film in our Classic Series lineup; it’s an experiment we think will be well received by our sophisticated audience – especially with this beautiful movie.”

Written and directed by Guiseppe Tornatore, the film was shot in his hometown of Bagheria, Sicily and draws from his own childhood experiences. Told primarily in flashback childhood scenes of Salvatore, a successful film director, it is also the story of his return to his native village for the funeral of his old friend and father figure Alfredo, the projectionist at the local “Cinema Paradiso.” Actor Salvatore Cascio, who plays the part of the young Salvatore, is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Next month: Don’t miss “Stand By Me” (1986) by Rob Reiner, another coming-of-age film, based on Steven King’s 1982 novella, “The Body,” on Wednesday, August 31, And be sure to clear your calendars for CIFF 2022, Nov. 9-13. Passes are on sale now. Visit CoronadoFilmFest.com to purchase, and for the latest info and updates on films and festival events.

VOL. 112, NO. 29 - July 20, 2022

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