Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for our annual celebration of Italian cinema! The 12th edition of Cinema Italian Style is dedicated to director Dino Risi (whose centennial will be celebrated at MoMA in December). To go straight to the full line-up, click here.
Our series kicks into gear with Italy’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language Film, FIRE AT SEA. This Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear winner from writer-director Gianfranco Rosi documents the massive influx of refugees to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, filtering the humanitarian crisis through the eyes of the island’s native inhabitants.
This year’s narrative films are just as riveting and timely. In director Massimiliano Bruno’s THE LAST WILL BE THE LAST, Paola Cortellesi revisits her stage performance as a woman who is fired for becoming pregnant. Paolo Genovese’s PERFECT STRANGERS has become a sensation in Italy for its look at the chaos that cell-phone revelations can wreak. In Stefano Sollima’s crackling crime thriller SUBURRA, politicians and the underworld commingle in a high-stakes real estate deal. In Ivan Cotroneo’s ONE KISS, a little affection is all it takes to shatters the unity of three teen outcasts, already dealing with homophobia and bullying in school.
Romance plays a role in several films, though not without complications. In Gabriele Muccino’s SUMMERTIME, a pair of vacationing Roman schoolmates room together with a gay couple in San Francisco. Daphne Scoccia is electrifying as a young woman in love with a fellow prisoner in Claudio Giovannesi’s FIORE.
Couples are the focus of two of the series’ most distinctive films, though romance is nowhere in sight. Micaela Ramazzotti and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi are patients exploring the world beyond their psychiatric hospital in LIKE CRAZY, director Paolo Virzì’s follow-up to HUMAN CAPITAL. And in Edoardo De Angelis’ INDIVISIBLE, the central pair are Siamese twin singers, whose lives reach a crossroads when told they could be surgically separated.
Superhero and sports movies may not be the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italian cinema, but we’ve got both in one crowd-pleasing double bill. Gabriele Mainetti’s feature directorial debut, THEY CALL ME JEEG, plunges small-time crook Claudio Santamaria into the Tiber River, where contact with toxic waste gives him big-time superpowers. Matteo Rovere’s ITALIAN RACE follows a 17-year-old girl (Matilda De Angelis) as she tries to save her family’s car-racing business (with a little help from down-and-out brother Stefano Accorsi). The series also includes short films and documentaries.
All films are in Italian with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted. Series compiled by Laura Delli Colli and Camilla Cormanni with the assistance of Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.