The Italians are coming! And they’re bringing their Mediterranean worldview and concerns for the economy and politics of their country, expressed through the cinema.

The seventh annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival runs Thursday-Sunday at the Sottile Theatre.

The four-day festival celebrates Italian contemporary cinema and culture and presents 13 feature films and documentaries.

Four filmmakers will be in Charleston to present their films and discuss their work.

“Like past editions of the festival, this seventh one is open to everyone, not only students and faculty,” Giovanna De Luca, festival director and professor of Italian studies and cinema at the College of Charleston, said in a statement. “This year we selected movies that tackle specific social and ethical topics, such as the function of art in prisons, and the challenges of being a female director, in addition to the influence of Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi on Italian society.”

The festival is presented by the College of Charleston’s Italian Program in conjunction with other programs and departments and with financial support from the Humanities Council of South Carolina, Dino Olivetti Foundation, Ministry of Italian Culture, Mediterranea Film, The Hidden Countship and John B. Kern International Law.

Scheduled movies include Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Caesar Must Die”; Roberto Ando’s “Viva La Liberta”; Luca Ragazzi’s and Gustav Hofer’s “Italy: Love It or Leave It”; Marina Spada’s “My Tomorrow”; and Annalisa Pira’s “Girfriend in a Coma,” which stars Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist.

Festival programming also includes Q&A sessions with the filmmakers after the screening of their films.

At 11 a.m. Friday in the Sottile Theatre, the festival will present a public seminar devoted to the topic of women in film, featuring film scholar Giancarlo Lombardi and movie director Marina Spada.

A second public seminar, set for 3 p.m. Friday in Room 309 of the Simons Center, will consider the Taviani brothers’ “Caesar Must Die,” which portrays actual prisoners in a production of “Julius Caesar.”

A Q&A with Emmott and an awards ceremony will follow the 6 p.m. screening on Sunday of “Girlfriend in a Coma.”

Tickets are $6 per screening at the door (except for festival members and College of Charleston students and faculty. who get in free).

Tickets also are available online, along with a complete screening schedule and other information, at