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Presented by Festa Italiana and Greg Olson Productions

VIVA ITALIA! The Passion of Italian Cinema

Classic Italian film festival; a feast of cinematic splendor

SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater, in Seattle’s lower Queen Anne neighborhood, February 28th through April 24th 2024

See life as a human comedy, embrace beauty, feel deeply, pursue the sweet life with Italian gusto. Festa Italiana and Greg Olson Productions present a series of nine films that illuminate the golden age of 1960s-1970s Italian cinema, when traditional ways of thinking and behaving were challenged by liberated artistic, philosophical, political, social, and sexual ideas and norms.

Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm, February 28 – April 24 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater in the heart of the lower Queen Anne restaurant district. Uptown concessions include wine, beer, coffees and teas.

The screenings are authorized by the Italian and U.S. film rights holders. 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, 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.

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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 Viva Italia! Film Festival. Good for any nights February 28 through April 24, 2024.

Nine films in Italian with English subtitles

Rare 35mm prints; 4K digital restorations by Martin Scorsese and Gucci, Cinecitta, Cineteca di Bologna, Foundazione Bernardo Bertolucci, Cineteca Natzionale, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Poet, film curator and teacher Tova Gannana will provide a pre-film Viva Italia Music Playlist.

Films start at 7:30 pm

February 28

Divorce, Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)

Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocco, Stefania Sandrelli.
Oscar for Best Screenplay.

March 6

The Organizer (Mario Monicelli, 1963)

Marcello Mastroianni, Annie Giradot, Renato Salvatori.

March 13

La Notte (The Night, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961)

Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti.
Best Film Berlin Film Festival.

March 20

Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life, Dino Risi, 1962)

Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Spaak.

March 27

Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti, 1960)

Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Claudia Cardinale, Annie Giradot.
Music by Nino Rota.
Luchino Visconti Best Director Venice Film Festival.

April 3

Mamma Roma (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962)

Anna Magnani, Franco Citti, Ettore Garofolo, Silvanna Corsini.

April 10

The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)

Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Enzo Tarascio.
Bernardo Bertolucci Best Director National Society of Film Critics.

April 17

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Elio Petri, 1970)

Gian Maria Volonte, Florida Bolkan, Salvo Random.
Music by Ennio Morricone.
Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Prize.

April 24

La Grande Belezza (The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)

Toni Servilo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso.
Oscar for Best Foreign Film, plus 24 international awards.

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.