November 13-18, 2012
Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for our annual celebration of Italian cinema, opening with Italy’s official entry for the 2012 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar CAESAR MUST DIE, a gritty, arresting prison drama directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Also included in the lineup are Vittorio De Sica’s 1960 classic TWO WOMEN, starring Sophia Loren; Massimo Venier’s charming romantic comedy ONE DAY MORE, starring Fabio Volo and Isabella Ragonese; Daniele Vicari's hard-hitting procedural exposé DIAZ: DON’T CLEAN UP THIS BLOOD, the true story of the police assault at the Genoa G8 summit; Ivan Cotroneo’s KRYPTONITE!, about a large Neapolitan family during the politically radical 1970s, starring Valeria Golino and Cristiana Capotondi; Giuseppe Piccioni's sharp institutional satire of a Roman public high school IL ROSSO E IL BLU, starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Roberto Herlitzka and Margherita Buy; Carlo Verdone's sharp comedy A FLAT FOR THREE, starring the director as one of three divorced buddies (with Pierfrancesco Favino and Marco Giallini) who make the dubious decision to move in together; Giuliano Montaldo's THE ENTREPRENEUR, a bleak, elegant portrayal of the 1% upper class struggling to maintain its security in the face of a crumbling Turin, starring Pierfrancesco Favino, Carolina Crescentini and Francesco Scianna; Stefano Mordini’s STEEL, a clear-eyed drama of working-class life in a time of dire financial uncertainty, starring Michele Riondino, Vittoria Puccini and Matilde Giannini; Pupi Avati's wonder-filled, 1930s-set romance THE BIG HEART OF GIRLS, starring Alessandro Haber, Cesare Cremonini, Micaela Ramazzotti and Isabelle Adriani; Roan Johnson’s paranoid, 1970s-set comedy THE FIRST ON THE LIST, centering on a trio of bumbling leftist students (Francesco Turbanti, Paolo Cioni, Claudio Santamaria) so convinced that a terrorist attack is nigh that they flee across the Austrian border; and Ferzan Ozpetek's charmingly strange comedic drama MAGNIFICA PRESENZA, starring Elio Germano as a gay pastry chef visited in his new Rome apartment by a former theater troupe of dramatic, hand-wringing ghosts (led by Giuseppe Fiorello and Margherita Buy).
All films in Italian with English subtitles.
Series compiled by Laura Delli Colli, Camilla Cormanni and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Beth Hanna.
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