THE STOLEN CARAVAGGIO
UNA STORIA SENZA NOME
2018, Rai Com, 110 min, Italy/France, Dir: Roberto Andò

As this immaculately crafted drama begins, top screenwriter Alessandro Gassmann, bereft of inspiration, turns to ghost writer Micaela Ramazzotti for his latest project; the script she provides him involves a priceless stolen artwork. But the tale turns out to be more true-to-life than the painting’s Sicilian mafia thieves would like, complicating things for both scribes. Adding to the multilayered story, Jerzy Skolimowski costars as the director of the film within this film.


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.


LOVE & SLAPS
LA BELLEZZA DEL SOMARO
2011, Intra Movies, 107 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Castellito

In actor-director Sergio Castellito's (DON’T MOVE) romp-like farce of aging and family dynamics, successful architect Marcello (played by Castellito) is approaching the half-century mark with stress and neurosis. He and psychologist wife Marina (Laura Morante) plan to celebrate the looming event at their Tuscan country home with a few close friends and family, but when the couple's daughter Rosa (Nina Torresi) shows up with her T.S. Eliot-quoting new boyfriend, who is Marcello's senior by decades, the "quiet" weekend goes berserk. In Italian with English subtitles.


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