CARO DIARIO
DEAR DIARY
1993, Film Movement, 100 min, Italy/France, Dir: Nanni Moretti

Nanni Moretti recounts three entries from his “diary” in this hilarious and intimate self-reflective comedy, which follows the filmmaker’s musings on cinema atop a Vespa, a trip to the Aeolian Islands to work on his new screenplay, and his search for health and wellness after breaking out in a nagging skin rash. Winner of Best Director at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. “With a seductive rhythm, the film alternates between wry encounters and lovely restful interludes, the latter presented so soothingly that they create a contemplative mood. Beautiful Italian scenery is also among this film's many pleasures.” - Janet Maslin, The New York Times


NOSTALGHIA
1983, Kino Intl., 125 min, Italy/Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s first film outside the Soviet Union was shot in Italy, where Russian writer Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) has traveled to research an 18th-century composer. Though the interpreter (Domiziana Giordano) accompanying him is quite charming, Andrei is stricken with homesickness, until he meets an eccentric (Erland Josephson) who challenges him to save the world. This haunting, visually poetic film garnered several awards at Cannes (though Soviet authorities reportedly prevented it from winning the Palme d’Or).


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