The San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) returns to the historic La Paloma Theater in Encinitas on September 30 with the cutting edge comedy “Figli” (Kidz), directed by Giuseppe Bonito and starring Paola Cortellesi and Valerio Mastandrea. La Paloma Theater has been the headquarters of SDIFF in North County since 2012, when the film festival expanded its success to downtown San Diego and began showing monthly films to North County audiences.

The screening of “Figli” on September 30 will kick off SDIFF’s return to La Paloma and will be followed by a regular monthly Italian film program from January. SDIFF shows award-winning current (or recent) Italian films with English subtitles. The screenings are always preceded by an introduction by the artistic director of the Festival Antonio Iannotta, or a guest expert, to share the context or aspects of the film or the production for the audience, making the evening a more cultural event.

The 15th edition of the SDIFF festival is also returning to live screenings and will be held October 7-31 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The theme is “Resilience” and the films include romantic comedies, dramas, independent films, documentaries and more never before seen in San Diego.

The La Paloma Theater is the only remaining single-screen cinema in San Diego and has been showing films almost continuously since it opened in 1928. The theater, with its high vaulted ceilings and ornate facilities, was designed for live acts and a full orchestra as well as films and was among the first to install equipment for “talking films”. The interior was designed by an artist who came from Paris to complete the design and painting of the theater.

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