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 first-time directors to Hollywood legends, from a quiet little indie to an iconic film noir. The NIFF will share information about the film before each screening and have an informal discussion after the credits roll.
The series kicks off on June 11 with Strictly Ballroom, the audacious directorial debut of visionary Australian director Baz Lurhmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby). Strictly Ballroom tells the story of Scott Hastings, a champion ballroom dancer who outrages the dance community when he decides to choreograph his own steps. After Scott’s ambitious dance partner abandons him to increase her chances of winning the prestigious Australian Pan Pacific Championships, Scott finds an unlikely supporter in Fran, an ugly duckling with little dance experience. Fran believes in Scott’s unorthodox style and wants to dance with him in the championships, to show the ballroom dance community that there’s more to dancing than just strictly ballroom. Rated PG (1992, 94 minutes).
- The NIFF Summer Film Series continues with The Sting on July 9; The Station Agent on August 13; and Sunset Boulevard on Spetember 10.
- $25 per ticket, per film: includes one movie ticket, choice of house wine, beer or 12 oz. fountain drink, savory bites & sweet treat.
- For more information, visit silverspotcinema.com.