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Aruba International Film Festival


Aruba International Film Festival Year 5 Kicks Off October 7-11 2015.

The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) quickly became the international film community’s “must-attend” summer event after its opening in July 2010. After 4 intensely exciting years, the festival took a break in 2014 for a complete makeover and now is back with full force to celebrate year 5 from October 7th-11th, 2015. 

The festival offers a pleasurable and inviting atmosphere for filmmakers, press and film lovers. It serves to not only develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of cinema and filmmaking, but also to inspire, educate and promote emerging local and regional filmmaking talent. This in turn has helped position Aruba as a center of art, culture and creativity, and as a viable destination for international film and commercial productions.

The AIFF was founded in 2010 by film producers Jonathan Vieira and Giuseppe Cioccarelli, with artistic direction by 30-year industry veteran Claudio Masenza. Previous editions of the festival have showcased a diverse array of critically acclaimed fiction films and documentaries from every corner of the globe, and have attracted such notable industry names as:

Hollywood leading man Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman)
Multi Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator)
Mexican writer/director Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain, Babel)...




red carpet with Alessandro Calza

Alessandro Calza 

On ‘Italian Night’ of the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival, actor Alessandro Calza from the film CIAO (2008) answered questions on the red carpet.


ME: With the name ‘Ciao’ are you saying ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’?

ALE: Actually, ‘Ciao’ means ‘slave’ in Italian and it’s an old way of saying, ‘I serve you’ or ‘I am your slave’. It’s also an Italian way of saying ‘hello’ and/or ‘goodbye’. So, you can say it when you’re meeting somebody or leaving somebody.

ME: Is ‘CIAO’ a drama film?

ALE: Yes

ME: Can you tell us how hard it is to make a drama in Italy today when apparently, from what Italians tell me, drama doesn’t sell in Italy, only comedy?

ALE: Yes, that’s why I decided to make the film in the States, why I decided to make an American movie and I didn’t want to make an Italian movie. It was very complicated because it took many years to find the right environment for the project. I had to find the right actor, find the right script. Otherwise, I could not make it.

ME: I can’t wait to see it. I’ll watch it tomorrow afternoon.

ALE: Yeah, I hope you like it.

ME: Okay, I will see you inside.


And then Rollo Ross (Getty) interviewed Ale and here is what was said:

ROLLO: So, how do you feel to be in Aruba with your Italian/American film?

ALE: It’s amazing. I mean, it’s kind of stunning to come from Europe. It’s like a time warp here. I mean it’s incredible. People are very friendly. It’s great weather. This is my second day but I wish I would be staying here for longer. Now I regret that I wont stay longer because I like it here. I really appreciate the kind of attitude people have towards the festival. There are so many people- the photographers, the filmmakers, and even the general public. It’s fantastic how people are excited about this thing. It’s almost like Venezia 40 years ago. I can’t believe how many people are at such a thing, which we in Europe lost, I think.

ROLLO: As far as talent here in Aruba, what do you think?

ALE: I have been doing this for over 20 years. Eventually, you would notice what you would have exchanged or what you would have done differently. So, instead of course I’m very excited we were invited here. But we sort of nailed some ideas of people creating a connection in a digital way, which very much resembles what happened what happened in 18th or 19th century when actually people didn’t talk face to face… They wrote each other. That’s very interesting and that’s what we wanted to say, these new ways of getting in contact and getting in touch with each other.

ROLLO: Now, today’s Italian night tonight.

ALE: We are all Italians and we are all wearing black.

ROLLO: Yes, exactly. So, how do you think the Arubans are gonna’ feel about Italian cinema here?

ALE: I think there is a Latin component here so I think Italians feel welcome here and so I think we do connect to the people here. So, people here understand Italian culture here much more than the American culture. So, I think they’re gonna’ like it. Mine is more of an American movie but I think they’re gonna’ like the movie anyway.

ROLLO: Okay, thank you. Well, good luck and we’ll see you inside.

RC Interview transcribed by Vanessa McMahon


photos of actor Alessandro Calza by Vanessa McMahon 



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