Italy Comes to Minnesota

Booking a ticket for a Roman holiday can cost a pretty penny. Luckily, the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis St. Paul is bringing the sights, sounds and even the tastes of the country known for its fantastic carbs to St. Anthony Main Theatre. And you don’t even need a passport.

The seventh annual Italian Film Festival opens Thursday, Feb. 26 and runs through March 5. Guests are invited to celebrate its opening night at nearby Aster Café, where there will be tasty appetizers and wine alongside an auction hosted by WCCO news anchor Frank Vascellero. The first film screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Titled Smetto Quando Voglio (I Can Quit Whenever I Want), this cheeky and charming comedy will start your weekend off right. All films are screened in Italian with English subtitles, so you can still enjoy this box office sensation even if “spaghetti” is the only Italian you know.

The remainder of the festival schedule showcases films from all genres, ranging from a look at Italy’s changing gender roles in the World War II story Love in the City to the crime comedy The Mafia Only Kills in Summer. Purchase a VIP pass or pay per screening for just $7 (students and members) or $10 (non-members)—a small price for an inside look at Italian life and cinema.

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