Special 50th Anniversary Screening
Ferrara, 1939. Owned by a wealthy, intellectual Jewish-Italian family, the garden of the Finzi Continis is a sylvan sanctuary in the ducal town. When the tennis club, observing Mussolini’s new anti-Semitic laws, drops the Finzi Continis from its rolls, Micol Finzi Contini and her brother Alberto make a tentative gesture towards ending their aristocratic isolation. They invite friends – gentiles as well as Jewish – into their estate to play tennis on long, hot summer afternoons. De Sica’s classic film deftly depicts the slow build of fascist dogma, and the ways Jews tried – and ultimately failed – to insulate themselves from its effects.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Italy (1972), Golden Globe for Best Breakthrough Actor (Migliore Attore Rivelazione) (1971), BAFTA for UN Award + 26 major international awards.
Sponsored by: Anne Joseph and James Libson, Nimrod Capital
In association with the Italian Cultural Institute
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