VOLARE
TUTTO IL MIO FOLLE AMORE
2019, Rai Com, 97 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Salvatores

Sixteen years have passed since Vincent was born and those years have not been easy for anyone - not for the boy, immersed in a world of his own, nor for his mother and her partner. Missing from the picture is Vincent’s biological father, Willi, who has spent his life pursuing music rather than settling down with a child. The dour situation changes when Willi finally musters up the courage to meet his son; what awaits the two of them is a spontaneous three-month motorbike journey from the U.S. to South America. Starring Claudio Santamaria, Valeria Golino, Diego Abatantuono and Giulio Pranno.


THEY CALL ME JEEG
LO CHIAMAVANO JEEG ROBOT
2015, Uncork’d Entertainment, 112 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Mainetti

Gabriele Mainetti’s feature directorial debut gives a distinctive Italian twist to the superhero movie. On the run through the slums of Rome, small-time crook Enzo (Claudio Santamaria) winds up in the Tiber River, where contact with toxic waste gives him extraordinary powers. Though Enzo is content to use his new strength to break into ATMs, an attractive young woman (Ilenia Pastorelli) and a maniacal crime boss (Luca Marinelli) have different ideas. Winner of seven David di Donatello awards.


THE FIRST ON THE LIST
I PRIMI DELLA LISTA
2012, Intramovies, 85 min, Italy, Dir: Roan Johnson

Set in political turmoil-roiled 1970s Italy, leftist students Renzo (Francesco Turbanti), Fabio (Paolo Cioni) and Pino (Claudio Santamaria) convince themselves that a terrorist attack is near and preemptively flee across the Austrian border, a bumbling move that lands them in jail. Roan Johnson's paranoid comedy perfectly captures the heightened tension of the times, while deftly combining a light, even delightful tone of young, hilariously misguided idealism. For his winning lead performance, Turbanti received a L.A.R.A. Award Special Mention at the 2011 Rome Film Festival. In Italian with English subtitles.


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