HOLDING HANDS
LA TENEREZZA
2017, Rai Com, 103 min, Italy, Dir: Gianni Amelio

Renato Carpentieri won the Italian Golden Globes Best Actor award as retired lawyer Lorenzo, a self-centered grouch with a heart of gold. His health failing and estranged from his family, Lorenzo grows close to the new family next door - but the neighboring household is not as happy as it seems, and catastrophe awaits. Amelio’s adaptation of Lorenzo Moreno’s prize-winning novel The Temptation to Be Happy is both a powerfully acted character study and an evocative portrait of middle-class Naples.


THE DINNER
I NOSTRI RAGAZZI
2014, Film Movement, 92 min, Italy, Dir: Ivano De Matteo

This superb adaptation of Herman Koch’s bestseller will give any parent nightmares. Pediatrician Luigi Lo Cascio and lawyer Alessandro Gassmann dine together every week with their wives; they have a lot to talk about when video surfaces that could implicate their teenage kids in the death of a homeless woman. De Matteo skillfully plays on audience assumptions from start to devastating finish in this look at how close violence remains to even the most placid surface. In Italian with English subtitles.


PALERMO SHOOTING
2008, 124 min, Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

After German photographer Finn’s (Campino) wild lifestyle almost gets him killed, he decides to slow down and move to Palermo, Italy. There, he meets Flavia (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and falls in with the rhythms of a completely new way of living. With Dennis Hopper, Milla Jovovich and Lou Reed.


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