The ninth edition brings in a slate of 11 new features, starting on Thursday with the opening screening of Paolo Genovese's Immaturi at 8 p.m. at the Regal Cinema South Beach (1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach). The film follows a group of immature Italian (isn't that redundant? -- burn!) friends who are fast approaching 40 when they get notification from the Ministry of Education: They must retake a test two decades or so after the fact or risk losing their respective careers. They reconnect and find that their personal lives are mostly in a shambles and discover the real reason they lost touch in the first place. Think the Big Chill or Grande Freddo, minus a suicide.
Other films include the thriller La Doppia Ora, the action flick 20 Sigarette, and the closing movie Il Padre e lo Straniero. And it wouldn't be the IFF without an equally impressive slate of afterparties, starting with the Opening Night Party at Set (320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) at 10:15 p.m. Thursday. New this year, there will be encore screenings of some of the flicks, in case you missed them the first time around. The festival runs through Tuesday; individual movie passes cost $10, but you can get a festival pass (good for all movies) for just $60. Tickets to opening night cost $50 and include admission to the afterparty. VIP passes cost $200. Visit cinemaitaly.com for screening times.
Thu., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., 2011