THE WAIT
L’ATTESA
2015, 100 min, Italy/France, Dir: Piero Messina

In her villa in Sicily, Anna (Juliette Binoche) is mourning her son Giuseppe when his fiancée (Lou de Laâge) arrives to spend Easter weekend with him. Unable to break the news to the young woman, Anna allows her to wait for Giuseppe, getting to know this link to her son a little better before the truth inevitably emerges. Messina earned a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice Film Festival for this stylish feature debut. “Benefiting enormously from its evocative Sicilian setting, this widescreen experience makes bewitching use of space, time and sound, creating an almost meditative atmosphere.” - Peter Debruge, Variety. In Italian and French with English subtitles.


WELCOME MR. PRESIDENT
BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE!
2013, Indigo Film, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Riccardo Milani

The comedic possibilities of Italian politics come to the fore in this affable look at simple Giuseppe Garibaldi (Claudio Bisio), who lives in the countryside, fishing for trout. When a mistake makes him president of Italy, he brings common sense and honesty to a capitol rife with cynicism. In Italian with English subtitles.


THE GREAT BEAUTY
LA GRANDE BELLEZZA
2013, Janus Films, 142 min, Italy, Dir: Paolo Sorrentino

Director Paolo Sorrentino (IL DIVO) returns with a dazzling elegy to Rome’s past glories - and those of Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a once-promising writer who fritters away his time with Roman high society. There are echoes of LA DOLCE VITA in this portrait of a man adrift in the Eternal City, not the least of which is the sense that we are witnessing a master filmmaker at work. Official selection of the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, and Italy’s official entry for the 2014 Foreign-Language Film Oscar. “THE GREAT BEAUTY will surprise, perplex and bewitch highbrow audiences yearning for cinematic feasts.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety. In Italian with English subtitles.


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