Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2016

Outdoor Film Festival 8th Edition

Westchester Italian Cultural Center Tuckahoe NY cinema sotto le stellele stelle


God Willing

Thursday, July 14 at 8:30pm

Tommaso is a respected heart surgeon, although his relationship with the “heart” is limited to the operating room. A lifetime ago he met his wife Carla, charming and “Passionaria”, now faded as the ideals she believed in. Tommaso and Carla have two children; the eldest, Bianca, has no interests, no ideas, no passions. Andrea, instead, is a brilliant guy, studying medicine and ready to follow in the footsteps of his father. Lately, however, Andrea seems to have changed, he is often locked in his room and spends his evenings out without telling anyone where he goes. Doubt crawls between the family members, is Andrea gay? Anyone would be in crisis, but not Tommaso, he hates all forms of discrimination, we are all equal and that’s that. When the day of “coming out” arrives Andrea gathers his family and finally opens with “I met a person who changed my life and that person is Jesus and that is why I have decided to become a priest!” For Tommaso, a staunch atheist, a priest son is a terrible blow. While pretending to give him the full support he decides to understand more and begins to follow him secretly. He arrives at Don Pietro, a priest truly “sui generis” in the hope of unmasking anything that will help him change Andrea’s mind.

David di Donatello 2015: Winner Best New Director, Nominated Best Actor; INSFJ 2015 Winner of Best New Director, Nominated Best Producer.

Director: Edoardo Maria Falcone

Cast: Alessandro Gassman, Marco Giallini, Laura Morante, Edoardo Pesce.

Italy, 2015, Comedy, 85 Minutes.


Roman Holidays

Thursday, July 21 at 8:30pm

Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar-winning performance in her first starring role.  Roman Holiday was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and Audrey Hepburn captured an Oscar for her portrayal of a modern-day princess, rebelling against the royal obligations, who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck, an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love. Eddie Albert contributes to the fun as Peck’s carefree cameraman pal. Stylishly directed by William Wyler, this romantic comedy ranks as one of the most enjoyable films of all times.


Academy Award for: Best Actress, Audrey Hepburn ; Best Costume Design, Black-and-White , Edith Head; for Writing, Motion Picture Story, Dalton Trumbo.

BAFTA Award for Best British Actress, Audrey Hepburn.

Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress — Drama , Audrey Hepburn.  New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Audrey Hepburn.

Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy Cesar Awards, France: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film. Academy Awards, USA 1978: Nominee, Best Actor, and Best Foreign Film. Venice Film Festival 2014: Best Restored Film

Director: William Wyler

Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn.  USA, 1953, Comedy, Romance, 118Min.


In the Setting and at the Times of Tosca

Thursday, July 28 at 8:15pm

Tosca: In the Settings and at the Times of Tosca PosterPerformed in the actual Roman settings described in the libretto. Moreover, the scenes take place at the appropriate time of day. Rome, June 1800. Floria Tosca is a celebrated opera singer, better known as La Tosca. Her lover is Mario Cavaradossi, a young artist, and Bonapartist sympathizer. When the latter helps Angelotti, the leader of the opposition, to escape from prison and hides him in La Tosca’s home, he antagonizes Baron Scarpia, the ruthless chief of police, all the more as his love for Tosca is unrequited.


Primetime Emmy Awards 1993, Winner Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts; Outstanding Individual Achievement – Classical Music/Dance Programming

Director: Brian Large

Writers: Luigi Illica (libretto) (as L. Illica), Giuseppe Giacosa (libretto) (as G. Giacosa)

Stars: Catherine Malfitano, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimond

Approximate running time 152 minutes. 2002.