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Film: Arrangiarsi: Pizza...and the art of living

  • 15 Jun 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Doris Duke Theater, 900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814
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  • Must be a registered member of FOISOH in good standing. Price includes all transaction fees.

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You are cordially invited to the Hawai'i debut of “Arrangiarsi: pizza...and the art of living” at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre - Friday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m.!!

About The Movie

From the Bay Area to Italy, Matteo Troncone searches for the meaning of life in this engaging, intimate documentary. Is it any surprise that pizza is the answer? Writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and star Troncone begins his fascinating and philosophical first-person travelogue with no job, no relationship, and no home. When Matteo’s life falls apart, he moves into his 1985 VW camper van, living on the streets of Mill Valley, California, and begins his odyssey. With a free ticket and nothing left to lose, he decides there's only one thing to do: he sets out on a journey to Naples in search of his father’s heritage, and even more, so the secret of the Neapolitan pizza.

Once there, Matteo discovers form the street artists in Naples the art of “Arrangiarsi,” the art of arranging yourself to make something from nothing. We meet a colorful crew of characters, from street artists to pizza makers, who find a way to live and love in the most joyful ways, regardless of circumstance. Matteo quickly learns that pizza is indeed a form of arrangiarsi – food of the poor, made simply of flour and water. His quest for their secret also becomes the metaphor that informs the other themes of arrangiarsi and Matteo’s own story. While diving into each ingredient we meet Matteo’s new friends at the San Marzano tomato farm, the beautiful wheat harvest outside of Rome, and we see how olives are properly grown, harvested and pressed. We also see the fascinating process of how buffalo mozzarella is made by hand at Italy’s only organic buffalo mozzarella farm, where “self massaging” buffalo live happily.

By the end of his journey Matteo discovers not only the secret ingredient of pizza, but also of living l’arte di arrangiarsi. This delightful film combines a healthy smattering of foodie passion, intense Italian history, and quirky Neapolitans to tell the tale of one man's journey to find himself and the greatest pizza on earth. Troncone proves you can live your dream and leaves us wondering how we can “arrange” ours.

In addition to selling out at all screenings this year, Arrangiarsi has been an Official Selection at these film festivals:

  • Mill Valley Film Festival (2017)

  • American Documentary Film Festival (2018)

  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2018)

Evening Format

On Friday, June 15, 2018, “Arrangiarsi: pizza...and the art of living” will make its Hawai`i debut. From 6:00-7:00 p.m., a pre-movie reception will feature a fare of complimentary Neapolitan pupus from Brick Fire Tavern. Excellent Italian wines and beers will be available for purchase. The courtyard will be filled with the serenading sounds of Pierre Grill. The movie will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker Matteo Troncone as well as Brick Fire Oven owner and pizzaiolo Matt Resich.

About Brick Fire Tavern

Located on Hotel Street in Chinatown, Brick Fire Tavern's origins actually begin in Napoli as well, where owners Matteo Resich and Inthira Marks studied under a Michelin-star pizzaiolo Maestro Chef Enzo Coccia to perfect the art of Neapolitan pizza-making. Freshly equipped with their new skillset and a brick oven created by one of Napoli's oldest brick oven-making families (over 100 years old), Brick Fire Tavern was born. Recently, Brick Fire Tavern received the "Vera Pizza Napoletana" (VPN) designation from the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, which awards this designation to only those pizzerias that meet a long list of criteria to ensure that their pizza is made in the authentic Neapolitan way.  Brick Fire Tavern is the first pizzeria to receive the VPN on O'ahu so it's fitting for them to prime patrons with their delicious food before watching a movie about the Neapolitan art of pizza-making.

 Purchasing Movie Tickets

Tickets are now on sale! There are a limited number of tickets available and we expect this event to sell-out by Premiere Night so make sure you purchase your ticket today. Here are the ticket prices:

  • $32.50: Members of either FOISOH or HoMA (price includes all transaction fees)

  • $35: Non-members of FOISOH or HoMA

You can purchase tickets through one of three ways:

    1. Honolulu Museum of Art website (click here)

NOTE: only HoMA members can receive the $30 ticket price through the HoMA website; non-members can purchase tickets for $35 through the website.

     2. Doris Duke Theatre Box Office (808.532.6097)

NOTE: Anyone can purchase tickets by phone. Must be a HoMA or FOISOH member to receive $30 ticket price. Doris Duke will be given a list of FOISOH current members to verify.

     3. Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii website (click here)

NOTE: FOISOH members and non-members can purchase tickets through the FOISOH website. However, only FOISOH members will be offered the $30 ticket price. HoMA members must purchase tickets through HoMA website to receive $30 ticket price.

Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization | P.O. Box 1376, Honolulu, HI 96807 | info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org

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