October 31, 2022, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

ITALIAN SCREENS: New Italian Cinema in Los Angeles
and Outside the Box [Office] invite you and a guest to attend


A Special Theatrical Screening of


Directed by Gabriele Mainetti
Written by Nicola Guaglianone and Gabriele Mainetti
Produced by Andrea Occhipinti and Gabriele Mainetti

7:00 P.M. on Monday, October 31st, 2022

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
University of Southern California




2022 David di Donatello Awards:
Best Producer, Best Cinematography,
Best Make-Up, Best VFX, Best Production Design

Italian Screens is an initiative promoted by the Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale (MAECI), Cinecittà per la Direzione Generale Cinema e Audiovisivo del Ministero della Cultura (DGCA-MiC), and Accademia del Cinema Italiano - Premi David di Donatello. The screenings in Los Angeles are organized by ITTV, the Italian TV Forum&Festival, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, and under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy.

About Freaks Out

Set in 1943, the film follows the “freaks” of the Circus Mezzapiotta (whose proprietor, Israel, is Jewish), as some of them are duped into taking jobs at the Berlin Zircus in Nazi-occupied Rome, run by a deranged 12-fingered pianist (Franz Rogowski) who has had a prophetic vision of Hitler’s eventual suicide. Believing that the freaks’ abilities, which resemble superpowers, are key to prolonging the Führer’s life, he captures and tortures our heroes in the hopes of harnessing them as weapons. How will they save themselves?

Not rated. In Italian, with English subtitles. Running time: 141 minutes.

About ITTV, the Italian TV Forum&Festival

ITTV, the Italian TV Forum&Festival ( is an annual event that takes place in Venice in September, and in Los Angeles from November 6th - 9th, to showcase the best in Italian audiovisual arts and entertainment, with the participation of prominent industry personalities. In the past few years, ITTV has evolved into more than just a festival - hosting panels, launching special events and creating professional opportunities for market players to meet and collaborate on individual projects. ITTV was created and is produced by Good Girls Planet Valentina, founded by CEO Valentina Martelli and Cristina Scognamillo.

About the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) of Los Angeles

The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles is an overseas office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation dedicated to the promotion of Italian culture in the United States. The main activities of the IIC include the organization and support of events, exhibitions and festivals, the development of academic exchange programs, and the promotion of the Italian language.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. The series draws from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago