PURE HEARTS
CUORI PURI
2017, The Match Factory, 114 min, Italy, Dir: Roberto De Paolis

After her devout mother confiscates her cellphone, 17-year-old Agnese (Selene Caramazza) tries to steal one but is caught by Stefano (Simone Liberati). The young security guard lets Agnese go and is fired thereafter; when the two cross paths again, they begin a relationship that seems destined for trouble. “Mining tensions as varied as the rise of evangelical fervor in economically depressed modern Italy and the country's relationship to its itinerant gypsy population, this delicately handled romance never comes off as didactic, chiefly by keeping its focus firmly on its two appealing leads.” - Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter.


LOVE AND BULLETS
AMMORE E MALAVITA
2017, Rai Com, 133 min, Italy, Dir: Antonio Manetti, Marco Manetti

This music-filled romp from the Manetti Bros. earned a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice Film Festival. Ciro (Giampaolo Morelli) is among the most feared men in Naples, one of two killers at the service of crime boss Don Vincenzo (Carlo Buccirosso), “the King of Fish.” One night a young nurse, Fatima (Serena Rossi), finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and sees too much; Ciro is given the job of getting rid of her. But when the two end up face to face, they recognize each other as childhood sweethearts.


EMMA
IL COLORE NASCOSTO DELLE COSE
2017, Celluloid Dreams, 116 min, Italy/Switzerland, Dir: Silvio Soldini

Teo (Adriano Giannini) holds a creative position at a trendy ad agency and is an inveterate womanizer. Beautiful and vibrant, Emma (Valeria Golino) is an osteopath though she has been blind since the age of 16. When they first meet, Teo is mesmerized by her sexy voice and intrigued, never having been with a blind woman. The two go out on a date but when Emma proves too sharp to succumb to his charms, Teo is hooked.


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