CINDERELLA THE CAT
GATTA CENERENTOLA
2017, Rai Com, 86 min, Italy, Dir: Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak, Dario Sansone

This inventive animated take on the famous fairy tale is peppered with sly references to recent Italian scandals. Mia has been raised on a huge ship, which has been docked at Naples for more than 15 years. Her scientist father had hoped to transform the harbor through technology, but after his death, the young girl has lived in the shadow of her terrible stepmother and six stepsisters. As the city declines, an ambitious drug dealer conspires with the stepmother to exploit Mia’s inheritance and turn the port of Naples into a capital of money laundering. “Slick, creative animation and largely enjoyable music make CINDERELLA THE CAT one of the best Italian animated films of recent years.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.


THE LAST WILL BE THE LAST
GLI ULTIMI SARANNO ULTIMI
2015, True Colors, 103 min, Italy, Dir: Massimiliano Bruno

Better known for comedy, director Massimiliano Bruno also proves adept at drama with this adaptation of his play about how precarious the work-life balance can be in today’s economy. Paola Cortellesi revisits her stage performance as Luciana Colacci, whose simple life with her husband (Alessandro Gassmann) is thrown into disarray after she is fired for becoming pregnant. With Fabrizio Bentivoglio.


GOD WILLING
SE DIO VUOLE
2015, Intramovies, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo Maria Falcone

Edoardo Maria Falcone earned David di Donatello and Nastro d’Argento Best New Director awards for this knowing father-son comedy. Alessandro Gassmann stars as a priest hilariously stalked by arrogant cardiac surgeon Tommaso (Marco Giallini), an avowed atheist who is thrown for a loop by an announcement from his only son (Enrico Oetiker) – the young man wants to become a priest, too. A box office hit in Italy. In Italian with English subtitles.


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