VOLARE
TUTTO IL MIO FOLLE AMORE
2019, Rai Com, 97 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Salvatores

Sixteen years have passed since Vincent was born and those years have not been easy for anyone - not for the boy, immersed in a world of his own, nor for his mother and her partner. Missing from the picture is Vincent’s biological father, Willi, who has spent his life pursuing music rather than settling down with a child. The dour situation changes when Willi finally musters up the courage to meet his son; what awaits the two of them is a spontaneous three-month motorbike journey from the U.S. to South America. Starring Claudio Santamaria, Valeria Golino, Diego Abatantuono and Giulio Pranno.


THE VICE OF HOPE
IL VIZIO DELLA SPERANZA
2019, True Colors, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo De Angelis

A follow-up to Edoardo De Angelis’ 2016 critically acclaimed INDIVISIBLE, THE VICE OF HOPE follows Maria (Pina Turco), a young woman involved in human trafficking. Maria’s job within the criminal enterprise is a grim one: She shepherds pregnant African prostitutes, whose babies are sold as soon as they are born. Given her own grueling past as a hustler, Maria is largely resigned to her miserable work - until an unexpected circumstance offers a glimmer of hope. Set in the same Camorra-infested Neapolitan coastal towns as such films as GOMORRAH and DOGMAN, THE VICE OF HOPE is an uncompromising, yet ultimately optimistic look at some of the darkest corners of society. “While dealing with actual social problems of criminality and gendered poverty, [the film] manages to avoid the dull, prescriptive social realism so typical of ‘issue pictures.’” - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope.


VIVERE
2019, Intramovies, 103 min, Italy, Dir: Francesca Archibugi

On the surface, the Attorres are as average as they come: They reside in a decorous suburb of Rome, get by comfortably with middle-class jobs and have an adorably imaginative 6-year-old daughter. Beneath this cozy façade, however, is a family unit on the verge of crisis. Family patriarch Luca is failing as a freelance journalist, wife and mother Susi finds herself teaching ballet exclusively to overweight women and daughter Lucilla, suffering from extreme asthma, is frequently neglected. When Mary Ann, an Irish Catholic au pair, arrives and starts to pry into the family’s affairs, tensions quickly rise to the surface. Starring Micaela Ramazzotti, Adriano Giannini, Massimo Ghini and Marcello Fonte (Cannes 2018 Best Actor for DOGMAN).


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