THE TRAITOR
IL TRADITORE
2019, Sony Pictures, 152 min, Italy/France/Germany/Brazil, Dir: Marco Bellocchio

From veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (FISTS IN THE POCKET, GOOD MORNING, NIGHT) comes the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, former made mobster turned Mafia informant. Set in Sicily in the 1980s, THE TRAITOR begins amid an all-out war between two Sicilian mafia bosses. Feeling the escalating pressure as his allies begin to be picked off, Buscetta flees to Brazil, where he faces a decision that will change the entire history of the Italian mob. Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio and Fausto Russo Alesi star in this riveting crime drama, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. “THE TRAITOR is big, bold, confident film-making.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


LET YOURSELF GO
LASCIATI ANDARE
2017, Menemsha Films, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Francesco Amato

Psychoanalyst Elia (THE GREAT BEAUTY’s Toni Servillo) is a pure Freudian whose austere and detached manner holds his patients in awe, even though he lives alone in a flat on the same floor as the ex-wife he still secretly pines for. After a minor illness, Elia’s doctor prescribes an iron-rich diet and physical activity to lose some weight … which is how he chances upon Claudia (Verónica Echegui), a personal trainer well versed in the cult of physique but not that of the mind.


LIKE CRAZY (2016)
LA PAZZA GIOIA
2016, Strand Releasing, 118 min, Italy/France, Dir: Paolo Virzì

Director Paolo Virzì (HUMAN CAPITAL) and his two lead actresses all won well-deserved Nastri d'Argento awards for this delightful dramedy. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) and Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) are both patients at a psychiatric hospital and unlikely friends - the former withdrawn, the latter manic. When a van is late to pick them up from their jobs at a local nursery, the two board a bus and embark on a road trip that is by turns amusing and touching. “A terrific comedy-drama about two women in a mental institution that avoids the pitfalls such a scenario could encounter and boasts delicious dialogue with a rare sense of balance.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.


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