THE INTERVAL
L'INTERVALLO
2012, Rai International Sales, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Leonardo Di Costanzo

In an abandoned building in the suburbs of Napoli, teen boy Salvatore (Alessio Gallo) is told by the local crime boss to guard wild child Veronica (Francesca Riso); as the day progresses, they explore the giant building and develop an unusual rapport. The debut feature from documentarian Leonardo Di Costanzo earned the David di Donatello for Best New Director. In Italian with English subtitles.


THE GREAT BEAUTY
LA GRANDE BELLEZZA
2013, Janus Films, 142 min, Italy, Dir: Paolo Sorrentino

Director Paolo Sorrentino (IL DIVO) returns with a dazzling elegy to Rome’s past glories - and those of Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a once-promising writer who fritters away his time with Roman high society. There are echoes of LA DOLCE VITA in this portrait of a man adrift in the Eternal City, not the least of which is the sense that we are witnessing a master filmmaker at work. Official selection of the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, and Italy’s official entry for the 2014 Foreign-Language Film Oscar. “THE GREAT BEAUTY will surprise, perplex and bewitch highbrow audiences yearning for cinematic feasts.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety. In Italian with English subtitles.


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