If you’re looking for an Italian experience more authentic than the Olive Garden, zip over to the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival at the College of Charleston. For six years running, this event has brought together the “due mondi” of Italian film excellence and the Charleston art scene. The 17 films span the genre spectrum, with comedy, thrillers, films noir, and even one for younger audience members (Kryptonite!). All are fairly recent releases, and some will be making their U.S. premieres. The festival goes beyond Italian stereotypes of the fiery mamma mias and the Mafia. “The themes and feelings in these films are universal, yet they also give insight into the many dimensions of Italian culture,” says College of Charleston Professor Giovanna De Luca. Each day will feature multiple films presented in Italian with English subtitles. The fourth screening each day will offer both a short film and a feature, with visiting Italian directors available for questions and comments after the feature. CofC students get in free with their school ID.