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November 2, 2022, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, 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


Written & Directed by Mario Martone
Produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, and Carlotta Calori

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007




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 The King of Laughter (Qui rido io)

At the beginning of the 20th century, in Belle Époque Naples, theatres and the cinema were thriving. The great comic actor Eduardo Scarpetta was the king of the box office. Of humble origin, he made his reputation with his comedies and the character of Felice Sciosciammocca. The theatre was his life and around the theatre gravitated the whole of his peculiar family, composed of wives, partners, lovers and legitimate and illegitimate children, including Titina, Eduardo and Peppino De Filippo. In 1904, at the height of his popularity, Scarpetta took a great risk: he staged a parody of La figlia di Iorio, a tragedy written by the greatest Italian poet of the day, Gabriele D’Annunzio. The evening of its première in the theatre all hell broke loose: the performance was interrupted by boos and catcalls and Scarpetta ended up being sued for plagiary by D’Annunzio himself. It was the beginning of the first ever lawsuit on copyright in Italy. The years that the case took would be draining for him and his whole family. Everything in Scarpetta’s life seemed to be falling apart, but with the act of a great thespian he would take his fate into his own hands and win in the end.

Not rated. In Italian, with English subtitles. Running time: 133 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