NOME DI DONNA
2018, Celluloid Dreams, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Marco Tullio Giordana

Nina Martini (Cristiana Capotondi) leaves Milan for the little town of Brianza in search of a better life for herself and her daughter. She finds work at a prestigious retirement home but something is not right there - something her female colleagues have come to accept but that Nina will take a stand against. With its topic of sexual harassment on the job, NOME DI DONNA couldn’t be more timely, and director Marco Tullio Giordana earned a Special Ribbon from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for this compelling drama.


A GOLDEN BOY
UN RAGAZZO D'ORO
2014, Rai Com, 95 min, Italy, Dir: Pupi Avati

Aspiring writer Davide Bias (Riccardo Scamarcio) looks with disdain at his father’s career penning B-movie screenplays. But his dad had begun an autobiographical novel before his death, and Davide’s attempts to complete it become increasingly obsessive. In the edgy lead role, Scamarcio leaves a strong impression, as does Sharon Stone, who plays a publisher with a personal connection to the unfinished book. In Italian with English subtitles.


THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER
LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D’ESTATE
2013, Distrib Films, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Pierfrancesco Diliberto

This remarkably assured portrait of organized crime’s long grip on Sicily is the feature debut from TV host Pierfrancesco Diliberto, better known as Pif. He stars as Arturo, an Everyman who has grown up in a community where acceptance of La Cosa Nostra violence is alternately hilarious and poignant. Clever use of archival footage (with characters inserted à la FORREST GUMP) brings to life the decades before high-profile assassinations in the 1990s roused the country to action against the Mafia. In Italian with English subtitles.


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