The inspiration behind one of modern Italian theater’s greatest and most iconoclastic works is imaginatively staged in Roberto Andò’s 12th feature. Toni Servillo stars as Nobel Prize-winning playwright Luigi Pirandello, who, on a trip to his native Sicily in 1920 following many years away, encounters a pair of gravediggers/aspiring actors, Onofrio and Sebastiano (comedy duo Salvo Ficarra and Valentino Picone), whose hilariously, charmingly amateurish nightly stage productions stir Pirandello out of a creative blockage and help him to arrive at the idea for what will ultimately become his signature work. Strangeness is a delightfully irreverent tribute to the curious inspirations underlying creative achievement and, as Andò notes, is “a film about theater which examines the audience, too.”

We’re excited to introduce a dinner and a movie combo with our Italian programming this June, including Strangeness. For $30, receive one ticket to Strangeness, and a select menu item at Café Paradiso, located in FLC’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Learn more here.