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San Diego Italian Film Festival offers cinema classics

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If you're on the West Coast this week, you may enjoy the latest offerings from the San Diego Italian Film Festival (Motto: "Not just Italian films -- an Italian perspective").

On Thursday, March 25, 2010 and Wednesday, March 31 the festival will showcase the 1961 film "Il Posto" by Ermanno Olmi, which will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. 

"Il Posto" by Ermanno Olmi. Photo courtesy of San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Its title refers to the Italian concept of "posto fisso" or secure "job for life"; accordingly, the film follows young protagonist Domenico as he travels to the city to vie for a limited number of jobs  -- a topic sure to resonate in this economy.

The film will be shown at on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at UltraStar Cinemas Flower Hill, 2630 Via De La Valle in Del Mar, California. Admission is $7.50.  On March 31, the curtain will rise at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts at 1649 El Prado in San Diego. For that showing, a suggested donation of $5 is requested.

Can't make these screenings? Then watch for the San Diego Italian Film Festival's Anti-Mafia Film Series in June, which will highlight films testifying to the long struggle against organized crime.