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The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, in partnership with the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Consulate of Miami, has announced the 14th annual Italian Cinema celebration. On Nov. 18 and 19, moviegoers can enjoy Italian films at the Charleston Music Hall.  Directed by Giovanna de Luca, associate professor of Italian and film at the College of Charleston, this year’s Italian film festival will feature four significant films from established and emerging Italian filmmakers. 

On Wednesday, film lovers can enjoy Refugees in Cinecitta by Marco Bertozzi at 5 p.m. followed by The Goddess of Fortune by Ferzan Ozpetek at 8 p.m. Say It Loud by Guido Chiesa and Champion by Leonardo D’Agostini will play at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday.  

In response to the uncertainties of COVID-19, the festival has implemented strict protocols to manage crowds. “I’m very glad we are able to present the festival, despite the pandemic,” de Luca said. “We’re grateful to have an opportunity to offer local moviegoers, who are experiencing unprecedented restrictions this year, with a taste of Italy.”

Students and staff who are looking to attend this year’s Italian Film Festival can enjoy the films for free with a valid CofC ID. Others are encouraged to purchase tickets at the box office on the days of the festival or at

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