The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Northern Arizona premiere of “Made in Italy” — starring Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson showing Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
The Mary D. Fisher Theatre is re-opening following CDC guidelines and social distance seating at a limited capacity with the approval of Governor Doug Ducey and his staff.
“Made in Italy” is a heart-warming father son story set in glorious Tuscany about bohemian London artist Robert (Liam Neeson), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Micheál Richardson) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair.
Renovations go badly, with father and son soon finding themselves at odds. Robert’s comical lack of do-it-yourself experience leads him to seek help from some colorful locals including the no nonsense Kate (Lindsay Duncan) — an ex-pat making her living selling villas who quickly captures his attention.
For Jack, the state of the house seems to mirror his search for memories of happier times with his mother. He soon falls for Natalia (Valeria Bilello), a vivacious young Italian chef, who restores both body and soul with delights from her local trattoria — until the pair find their developing relationship in jeopardy from Natalia’s jealous and threatening ex-husband.
As Robert and Jack painstakingly restore the villa to its previous glory, they also start to mend their relationship. The future may now look quite different and surprise them both.
“It’s a great story about family and love — and compassion and loss and humor,” said lead actor Liam Neeson. “I found it very cathartic in dealing with my own grief. And to do that through one’s art — i.e. making film — was very, very unique and special.”
“Made in Italy” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 28-Sept. 3. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Thursday, Aug. 28, 29, 31 and Sept. 3; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 30, Sept. 1 and 2.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.
For more information, visit SedonaFilmFestival.org.