Away From Me Screening@Isabel Bader Theatre+Italian Contemporary Film Festival Closing Party-Fri., June 20th, 2014@Casa Loma

By Bill Kwan, Photography by A.J. Lam and Bill Kwan
After 9 days of showing Italian films across Ontario and Quebec, the closing night activities started at the Isabel Bader Theatre for the screening of “Away From Me”(Stai Lontana Da Me) The 2013 romantic comedy was showcased as the finale film for the 3rd annual (IFCC) Italian Contemporary Film Festival. The closing ceremonies/party shifted to the historical Casa Loma with the arrival of Martina Stella, Cristiano de Florentis, Maurizio Magnifico and Enrico Brignano.
The invited guests were guided to the back area of Casa Loma where there was a red carpet reception and a string section situated by the fountain area. By the covered canopy, DJ Rob Lambert played tunes to keep the people on the dance floor.  The Italian theme was in full force as vendors such as Grande Cheese, Dok Dall’ava, Nespresso, PMA Campari, Milan Wineries, Cibo Wine Bar and Ciao Wine Bar made everyone feel Italian at this party.
A combination of Inspector Clouseau of “Pink Panther” fame and “Mr. Bean”Jacopo (Enrico Brignano) had an unfortunate dilemma. As an intelligent marriage counselor  he could never manage to have a steady relationship. Since he was very young, Jacopo has brought bad luck to every woman who had fallen in love with him. He was cursed by a young girl and the curse had stayed with him throughout his adult life. He had gone to the hospital several times a week, interrupted his career, and had fall-outs with family members. Jacopo was a total “klutz” with women, family members and friends.. Sara (Ambra Angiolini) had to learn this the hard way . She had a great job, love from a man dedicated to his career and great friends.  Then all of a sudden, her life changed drastically and she fell for Jacopo.  Later, Jacopo accidentally bumped into the girl who bestowed the curse upon him as a child.  They talked about the past and the girl finally relinquished the curse from Jacopo.  A great story of boy falls in love with girl, then boy loses girl and finally boy regains girl. A funny feel good story with a lot of laughs and a very appropriate ending to the 3rd edition of the ICFF for 2014.