There’s something for everyone at the Naples International Film Festival‘s Film Society Summer Series, held at the Silverspot Cinema at Mercato once a month from June through September. Selections run the gamut from history and career-making projects, indie darlings to silver screen masterpieces and iconic film noir. The NIFF will share information about the film before each screening and have an informal discussion after the credits roll.
Wrapping the NIFF Film Society’s Summer Series on September 9 is the quirky romantic comedy foreign flick, Amélie (2001). French actress Audrey Tautou carries this film as a shy waitress that, after finding a bizarre collection of photographs, makes it her mission to bettering the lives of those around her. From the mysterious journey of a garden gnome to playing matchmaker, Amélie is one of those films that is hard not to like.
- Tickets cost $25 per film, which includes a pre-screening cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.
- Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the film screening at 7 p.m.
- Stick around after the film for a lively discussion.
- For more information, visit silverspotcinema.com.
NIFF’s 2014 Summer Film Series’ past films:
The 2014 series kicked off on June 10 with Steven Spielberg’s iconic film Jaws. The film thrust Spielberg into the spotlight, jumpstarted composer John Williams’ career (the Jaws theme is arguably as memorable as the film itself), and, for people of a certain age, made any body of water – regardless of how small – terrifying (when I first saw that movie on television, even the thought of taking a bath gave me pause). The success generated by this thriller ($9 million budget, $470 million box office) helped establish the modern-day Hollywood business model of the summer blockbuster.
NIFF follows its June installment, the maritime thriller Jaws, on July 8 with the 2000 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award-winning film You Can Count On Me. Bolstered by breakout performances from both Laura Linley and Mark Ruffalo, this film follows the story of a single mother (Linley) whose life is turned inside-out when her drifter younger brother (Ruffalo) returns to town.
On August 5, NIFF and Silverspot will screen the American neo-noir classic Chinatown. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning Best Writing/Original Screenplay for Robert Towne, this 1974 Roman Polanski vehicle set in 1930’s Los Angeles weaves a compelling, detailed detective whodunit that holds audiences on the edge of their seat, regardless of how many times one has seen it.