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

THE HOMAGE TO LINA WERTMÜLLER is produced in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, and The Leonardo Da Vinci Society.

LINA WERTMÜLLER follows the success of the tributes to DINO RISI (Spring 2017), ANNA MAGANI (2016), VITTORIO DE SICA (2015), BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI (2014), PIER PAOLO PASOLINI (2013), all playing at the iconic Castro Theatre.

A recap of DINO RISI: On April 22, 2017, a few months after the 100th anniversary of his birth, we celebrated the genius, the irony, the disenchantment, the quick and amazing inventions that Dino Risi had created behind the camera. This special homage to the Master of the Italian Comedy Style showcased the regional premieres of new 4K restorations of Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) and Profumo di donna (Scent of a Woman), and new 35 mm prints of Il mattatore (Love and Larceny) and I mostri (15 from Rome–  Opiate ’67). All four films featured renowned Italian actor Vittorio Gassman in his shooting star roles. Over 1,300 people flocked to San Francisco’s iconic Castro Theatre for this cinematic celebration. The sensational Commedia all’Italiana Party in the theatre’s mezzanine level featured Tuscan food. In front of the theatre at the Il Sorpasso special presentation was the “guest of honor” – the dazzling, finely restored Lancia Aurelia B24, courtesy of Larry Solomon and Gary Smith. 

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 five 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.

Lina Wertmüller Series Team:
Amelia Antonucci, Program Director
Sophoan Sorn, Festival Advisor
Luca Antonucci, Graphic Designer
David Kasprzak, Website Designer
Sabrina Longega, Special Event Coordinator