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Miami New Times 2008 Best Film Festival

Italian Film Festival New Times Winner of Best Film Festival 2008

There’s more to Italian cinema than Fellini. Every October, the Italian Film Festival becomes the perfect place to immerse yourself in la dolce vita. Last year’s three-day festival, held on South Beach, featured the charmingly funny comedy Manuale d’Amore (Manual of Love) and a dozen other films, plus a few parties and afterparties sponsored by quality Italian brands (Peroni beer, anyone?). What really makes this fest topnotch is its organizer, Claudio DiPersia. Hailing from Rome and formerly an executive with Telemundo and Sony Pictures, DiPersia has a passion for his home country, and its movies, that is evident in the quality of films selected. A word to the wise regarding this year’s festival: Get to the theater early, because the lines are bursting with people clamoring to watch the flicks.

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