MY MOTHER
MIA MADRE
2015, Alchemy, 106 min, Italy/France, Dir: Nanni Moretti

Filmmaker Nanni Moretti’s latest may have a touch of autobiography to it; the film profiles a director (David di Donatello Award winner Margherita Buy) under both personal and professional duress. As her mother (Giulia Lazzarini) lies in a hospital bed nearing the end of her life, Margherita’s current production hits a snag in the person of its difficult lead actor (John Turturro, providing some nice comic relief). This moving new drama took home the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In Italian and English with English subtitles.


ME, MYSELF AND HER
IO E LEI
2015, Lucky Red, 97 min, Italy, Dir: Maria Sole Tognazzi

Perhaps Italy’s first romantic comedy with a female couple at the center, ME, MYSELF AND HER stars Sabrina Ferilli as happily out restaurateur Marina and Margherita Buy (from Tognazzi’s previous A FIVE STAR LIFE) as Federica, a previously married architect whose fear of what others might think gives her pause about the relationship. With a light tone, this warm look at the everyday struggles of two people to build a life together strikes a universal chord. In Italian with English subtitles.


MAGNIFICA PRESENZA
2012, Fandango Portobello, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Ferzan Ozpetek

In Ferzan Ozpetek's charmingly strange comedic drama, Elio Germano stars as Pietro, a 20-something gay pastry chef and would-be actor who happens to live with a former theater troupe of dramatic, hand-wringing ghosts (led by Giuseppe Fiorello and Margherita Buy) in his new apartment in Rome. As Pietro tries to co-exist with his Grand Guignol roommates, he learns of their unsettling history, which came to a blunt, mysterious end in 1943. Meanwhile, the spooks help him with his love life. With Vittoria Puccini. Winner of the Best Director, Actor (Germano) and Supporting Actress (Paula Minaccioni) and Supporting Actor (Fiorello) awards at the 2012 Golden Globes Italy and recipient of the Silver Ribbon for Best Original Story by the Italian film critics union (S.N.G.C.I.). In Italian with English subtitles.


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