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Festa Italiana presents a Greg Olson Production

Life is a Feast: The Cinema of Federico Fellini

2023 Federico Fellini Film Series

SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater, in Seattle’s lower Queen Anne, April 12th through June 14th 2023

Maestro Italian writer-director Federico Fellini (1920-93) says, “Life is a combination of pasta and magic, reality and imagination,” and his delectable vision embraces gorgeous imagery, sensual pleasures, all the ups and downs of being human, a soulful yearning for transcendence — all served with a lightness of spirit, and the jaunty, enchanting music of Nino Rota.

Many of the films feature Fellini’s Oscar-winning wife Giulietta Masina, and Fellini’s onscreen alter-ego Marcello Mastroianni, These two luminaries only appeared together in one film, Ginger and Fred, which will be flown in from Rome for our screening.

These screenings are exclusively authorized by Fellini’s studio Cinecitta, Rome, and the Fellini Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, and Gucci. Images used by permission.


Tickets sold online, no refunds. Ticket fees apply.

Admission by Series Ticket: $90 general public, $80 Festa Italiana, SIFF, SAM, UW Italian Studies / Cinema Studies, Alliance Française de Seattle, NWFF, SFI, Cornish, TheFilmSchool, Scarecrow Video, KING FM members. Tickets also available by individual performance $15 per person online or “night of” at the door.

Tickets may also be purchased on-site prior to each screening.

Marcello Mastroianni

Sponsors and Discounts

Thanks to sponsors (financial and otherwise) Dennis Caldirola, Suzanne Ragen, Jeannine Gregoire, Tova Gannana, Matt Marshal, Dennis Fill, Jan Baross Media, Kendal Gabel, Tutta Bella Pizzeria and the Mediterranean Inn.

After you purchase your ticket, present it on the day of performance to any Tutta Bella Pizzeria and receive a 10% discount on the total purchase. Series tickets may be used weekly.

Use the code ITALIA to get a 10% discount at the Mediterranean Inn, across the street from the SIFF Uptown Theater and the Fellini Film Festival. Good for any nights April 12 through June 14, 2023.

Ten films on nine nights in Italian with English subtitles

All films restored by Fellini’s studio Cinecitta, The Fellini foundation, Martin Scorsese, and Gucci.
Poet, film curator and teacher Tova Gannana will provide an essay on each film.

Films start at 7:30 pm

Wednesday April 12

Variety Lights, Toby Dammit

Tuesday April 18

I Vitelloni

Tuesday April 25

La Strada

Wednesday May 3

The Nights of Cabiria

Wednesday May 10

La Dolce Vita

Tuesday May 23

Wednesday May 31

Juliet of the Spirits

Wednesday June 7


Wednesday June 14

Ginger and Fred

Planning your visit

Italian style

Come early and enjoy a drink before the film. Dress up Italian style! Theater concessions include wine, beer, coffees, and teas.

Please note

Please allow extra time to arrive at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on days when there are scheduled events at the Climate Pledge Arena.

Parking Available

SIFF Cinema Uptown (at 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109) does not offer onsite parking. The closest parking is at 519 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle. Street parking is usually available weekdays after 6 PM.

La Dolce Vita poster