by Annette M. Graebe
The curtains are closed for the 13th annual Italian Film Festival USA, and it was another successful season! (Congratulations, festival president Barbara Klein!) Over 11,000 spectators enjoyed the festival nationwide in twelve cities throughout the U.S. The ballots are in, votes are counted, and the audience’s favorite film for 2017 was “An Almost Perfect Town” (Un paese quasi perfetto) by Massimo Gaudioso. The favorite short film was “Bellissima” by Alessandro Capitani. Special guest at our St. Louis festival was Pierette Domenica Simpson, survivor of the Andrea Doria shipwreck, who wrote and produced the docu-film “Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?” Pierette was introduced by the Italian Honorary Vice Consul of St. Louis Joseph Colagiovanni, and she provided an interesting post-film Q&A session. For more information on the festival, visit www.italianfilmfests.org. A special THANKS to everyone who was part of it!