Foreign Languages

Diversitalia Film Festival: At War with Love

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Screening of the movie At War with Love (In guerra per Amore) in Italian with English Subtitles

Q&A with the director follows the movie.

About the movie: 

Set in July '43 when Allied forces landed in Sicily, At War with Love tells the story of Arthur and Flora, who are in love, but are not allowed to marry, because her uncle betrothed her to the son of a well-known New York boss. To prevent it, Arthur has to enlist in the army and return to Sicily to obtain the blessing of Flora’s father, who lives in a small village on the island. When he arrives in Sicily, Arthur goes from being solely focused on finding Flora’s father to becoming aware of the fact that the US Army is conquering and governing the island, thanks to a secret pact with the Sicilian mafia. This agreement permits an almost nonviolent occupation of the region, but also gives important positions in government to local mafia bosses. When Arthur understands the situation, he has to choose between his love for Flora and the difficult mission of fighting the mafia.

About the director:

Pierfrancesco Diliberto (aka PIF), 45-year old TV host, director, screenwriter, and actor, has been fighting at the frontline of the anti-mafia movement and has contributed to the awakening of the younger generations. PIF takes advantage of the communicative power of TV and cinema to destroy, through his satirical approach, the sense of belonging to the mafia culture of his fellow Sicilian citizens. PIF has used his popularity as a form of civic engagement, by participating in talks and debates in educational and institutional settings. Pif’s debut as director, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (2013), is a black comedy picture portraying twenty years of Mafia wars in Sicily as witnessed by the young fictional character of Arturo. His new film, At War with Love (2016), is a tender love story set against the backdrop of the allied conquer of Sicily during WWII, which examines how the relations between the Allies and the Mafia shaped the fate of Sicily in years to come.

More about the Diversitalia Film Festival

Back to Top