Fellini film by Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson) premieres at Cinematheque

January 4, 2018

Fellini film by Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson) premieres at Cinematheque

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- “In Search of Fellini,” a film co-written by Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), helps kick off the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque’s slate of 2018 films.

The film, which was partially shot in Cleveland, tells the story of a sheltered Ohio girl Lucy (Ksenia Solo), whose life changes after she discovers the films of of legendary Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, and travels to Italy to meet him. “In Search of Fellini” makes its Cleveland premiere on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6 and 7.

Maria Bello (“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”) plays Lucy’s mother; Mary Lynn Rajskub (TV’s “24″) also stars.

Cartwright, who grew up in Dayton, co-wrote the coming-of-age screenplay with Peter Kjenaas, and appears in the film, directed by Taron Lexton.

“This is a 30-year labor of love,” Cartwright told the Hollywood Reporter. “Finding and working with Taron, Mary Lynn, Maria, Ksenia and this particular crew has made this a real dream come true.”

The film was shot in Cleveland in late 2015. Filming also took place in the Italian cities of Venice, Verona, Milan and Rome.

The New York Times review of “In Search of Fellini” mentioned that the film is filled with locations and characters from Fellini’s classics.

“Fans who refer to Fellini as Il Maestro may delight in these references, but several cues and cameos are followed by a scene or poster of the cited movie, so as not to exclude the rest of the audience,” the review stated. “The movie can shift unevenly from effusive love letter to travel lust to sentimental moment, but that doesn’t break the fantasy.”

“In Search of Fellini”

Saturday, Jan. 6, at 9:05 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m.

USA, 2017, Taron Lexton

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque

11610 Euclid Ave.

Admission is $10; Cinematheque members and those age 25 and under $7.

Call (216) 421-7450, or visit cia.edu/cinematheque