Cinema Italia San Francisco presents the best of classic Italian cinema in San Francisco. 

DINO RISI – A Film Series is produced by Luce Cinecittà (the Italian agency for the promotion of Italian cinema abroad), under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and Cinema Italia San Francisco, with the support of the Leonardo Da Vinci Society. The series is organized by Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero (Luce Cinecittà); Amelia Antonucci (Cinema Italia SF); Paolo Barlera (Director, IIC San Francisco). 

DINO RISI – A Film Series follows the success of the tributes to ANNA MAGANI (2016), VITTORIO DE SICA (2015), BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI (2014), PIER PAOLO PASOLINI (2013), all playing at the iconic Castro Theatre.

ANNA MAGNANI – An All Celluloid Tribute to the Diva of the Italian Cinema – took place on September 24, 2016.  The special presentation featured rare 35 mm screenings of her most acclaimed movies: “Rome Open City”, “Bellissima”, “The Rose Tattoo”, and “The Passionate Thief”. 




VITTORIO DE SICA took place on September 26, 2015. Highlights include the Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni’s classic "Marriage Italian Style" and the Academy Award-winning "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" with lead actor Lino Capolicchio in person. 

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI took place on October 18th, 2014, and was highlighted with the Northern California Premiere of newly restored 3D version of the 9-time Academy Award-winning film THE LAST EMPEROR along with the presence of celebrated actress Joan Chen in person. 

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI took place September 14, 2013 at the Castro Theatre and September 15, 2013 at the Roxie Theatre, showcasing six daring films across three periods from the legacy of the Italian film master, with actor Ninetto Davoli in person. These past four special series have become a part of the cultural calendar of San Francisco, and each year have garnered publicity in the major news agencies of the region, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, L’Italo Americano, SF Examiner, the Bay Area Reporter, etc.

Dino Risi - Film Series Team:
Amelia Antonucci, Program Director
Sophoan Sorn, Festival Advisor
Luca Antonucci, Graphic Designer
David Kasprzak, Website Designer
Daniela Cilia, Marketing and Event Consultant
Sabrina Longega, Special Event Coordinator