Opening Night | 8th Annual Italian Film Festival Of Minneapolis And St. Paul

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Share this event, invite your friends & family - The 8th Annual Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis and St. Paul launches with the Italian Cultural Center's celebrated Opening Night party and auction at the Nicollet Island Inn beginning at 6:00, just two blocks from the St. Anthony Main Theater. Following the Opening Night Party at 8:30 will be the premiere of Io, Arlecchino (I, Harlequin).


Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary appetizers and drinks while bidding on unique items at our annual live auction, hosted by WCCO-TV news anchor Frank Vascellaro. Music is provided Robert Everest and Quartetto Rosso. All proceeds from this event benefit the Italian Cultural Center.

The Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
One block from the St. Anthony Main Theater
Complimentary Valet Parking (Park for the entire event, including movie!)


Moderator: Gabriele Angieri, local stage and film actor, and first generation Neapolitan from New York City.

From the rich traditions of Commedia dell’arte comes Io, Arlecchino, a heartwarming film about a modern man, Paolo, who learns to embrace his past. When Paolo discovers that his father, Giovanni, an acclaimed Commedia dell’arte performer from Bergamo, has cancer, he returns to his home town, abandoning his new talk show in order to take care of the older man. Helping Giovanni and his troupe stage one final show in a beautiful theater, Paolo begins to question his own commitment to television, as the call of the footlights becomes ever more intense. When his father becomes too ill to perform, Paolo leaps at the chance to take to the stage, reigniting his own passions for the Harlequin. But will his commitments outweigh his desires?

Featuring a stellar cast performing Commedia dell’arte’s most famous characters, Harlequin and Pantalone, Io, Arlecchino is at once a celebration of a theatrical tradition that dates back to the 16th century, and a contemporary story with laughter, tears, and romance.
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