SLAM
SLAM: TUTTO PER UNA RAGAZZA
2016, Netflix, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Andrea Molaioli

Based on the successful novel by Nick Hornby, SLAM is filled with the often exciting, often frightening, twists and turns of growing up. Sixteen-year-old Samuele (Ludovico Tersigni) spends his days skateboarding with his friends, doing jumps and tricks, and taking the odd spill; he also nurtures a completely imaginary friendship with his hero, Tony Hawk, the best skater of all time. He would love to attend a university, to travel, and perhaps move to California and become a professional skater. But more than anything, Samuele would love to be the first in his family not to fall into the trap of having a baby at 16, which happened to both his mother and his grandmother.


FRIENDS BY CHANCE
TUTTO QUELLO CHE VUOI
2017, Rai Com, 106 min, Italy, Dir: Francesco Bruni

Alessandro (Andrea Carpenzano) is a tempestuous young slacker and a source of endless frustration to his father. Giorgio (Giuliano Montaldo) is a former poet in the early stages of Alzheimer syndrome. The two live within a stone’s throw of one another, but their paths have never crossed … until Alessandro is forced to accompany the old man on his afternoon walks. Bruni received a Nastri d'Argento Award for Best Screenplay for this heartwarming dramedy.


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.


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