Critics' Picks: Check out two arts festivals this weekend 

Colour of Music & Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival

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There are two festivals taking place this weekend, and both have a lot of cool culture to share with you. Here are the deets:

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival

Now in its 12th year, the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF), in conjunction with the College of Charleston, brings four days of Italian flicks to Sottile Theatre, Oct. 25-28. The film fest celebrates contemporary Italian cinema culture with film screenings, conversations with directors, and special events.

Dr. Giovanna De Luca, founder and artistic director of NCIFF, says, "Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival has grown over its 12 years and gained the attention of important filmmakers and industry professionals in Italy. Today, we are forging relationships with counterparts in Italy in an effort to expand the festival's reach and influence. This year is a particularly special one. We are focusing on Neapolitan movie-making and breaking out of confines of the cinema genre to present some live music and discuss the compelling Neapolitan novels of Elena Ferrante."

This year's films include La casa di famiglia, a comedy about four grown children who decide to sell their family house after their father has been in a coma for five years. Needless to say, dad wakes up just at the wrong time. You can also see Daughter of Mine, about a 10 year old girl who discovers the mother who raised her is not her biological mom; Metti la nonna in freezer (yes, that translates to Put Grandma in the Freezer), about a woman who, well, you can guess; and Ferrante Fever, a deep dive documentary into the work of author Elena Ferrante.

Oct. 25-28. Various times, locations, and prices.

Colour of Music Festival

Now in its sixth year, The Colour of Music Festival brings black classical artists from France, Britain, Colombia, and the Caribbean to Charleston. The festival features piano and voice recitals, quartets, a chamber ensemble, and an orchestra and chorus. During the chamber series (one of our favorite ways to enjoy classical music, in an intimate setting), enjoy a vide array of Baroque pieces like Bach's Suite for Cello solo, featuring Wade Davis and Telemann's Viola Concerto for Strings G Major, featuring virtuoso violist, Ashleigh Gordon. Charleston culture-philes won't want to miss a performance of Mozart's Sonata No. 32 in B Flat major, an evening dedicated to George Walker, the first black Pulitzer prize-winning composer. This evening, entitled From Mozart to Porgy & Bess, highlights violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and pianist Kyle P. Walker. Founder and artistic director of the festival, Lee Pringle, says, "Presenting black classically trained musicians in chamber settings on Charleston's high battery showcases the many facets of this Festival. What attendees will see and hear this year is Charleston's classical music history coming full-circle with world-class musicians performing the original versions of what we call classical music."

Oct. 24-27. Various times, locations, and prices.


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