On November 8-10, a group of 11 Italian students from Meredith College had the exciting opportunity to travel to Charleston, S.C., for the 13th edition of the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival. During their three-day field trip they were accompanied by their Italian instructor, Sandra Pesoli.
The festival is sponsored by the College of Charleston and each year it brings recently released Italian movies to America. This year there were 13 screenings of feature films and documentaries as well as a series of special public events.
Meredith’s Italian students watched several movies and in particular they enjoyed the comedies Notti Magiche by Paolo Virzì and Criminali a Domicilio by Francesco Prisco. The drama Il Vizio della Speranza by Edoardo De Angelis, which won the Festival Jury Award, was also well received by Meredith students. It deals with the serious topic of baby-trafficking in a lawless area outside Naples.
After a number of movies, students were able to ask their questions to actors and directors during special Q&A events. In particular, one of the young actresses, Irene Vetere, received most of our attention and we found out that she is a student of architecture at the University of Rome.
The three days kept the group busy inside the Queen Street Playhouse, official venue of the film festival, but there was also time left to explore beautiful Charleston and the beach.