ITALIAN RACE
VELOCE COME IL VENTO
2016, Fandango, 118 min, Italy, Dir: Matteo Rovere

After the death of her father, responsibility for a younger brother and the family’s debt-plagued auto-racing business falls on the shoulders of 17-year-old Giulia (Matilda De Angelis). An aspiring Gran Turismo racer herself, Giulia reaches out to her older brother (Stefano Accorsi, playing superbly against type), a once-promising driver now mired in drug addiction. Based on a true story, this inspiring sports drama offers both well-drawn characters and exciting action.


THEY CALL ME JEEG
LO CHIAMAVANO JEEG ROBOT
2015, Uncork’d Entertainment, 112 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Mainetti

Gabriele Mainetti’s feature directorial debut gives a distinctive Italian twist to the superhero movie. On the run through the slums of Rome, small-time crook Enzo (Claudio Santamaria) winds up in the Tiber River, where contact with toxic waste gives him extraordinary powers. Though Enzo is content to use his new strength to break into ATMs, an attractive young woman (Ilenia Pastorelli) and a maniacal crime boss (Luca Marinelli) have different ideas. Winner of seven David di Donatello awards.


QUIET BLISS
IN GRAZIA DI DIO
2014, Intramovies, 128 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo Winspeare

Filmed in the Finibus Terrae in locations dear to director Edoardo Winspeare - Giuliano di Lecce, Corsano, Tricase and other areas in Salento - and acted by non-professional actors (director Winspeare’s wife, Celeste Casciaro, plays the lead), QUIET BLISS is the story of four women from the same family in a small town in lower Salento during the economic recession. The shutdown of their small business and the repossession of their house ruin everything, including family ties. The only way out is to move to the country, work the land and live by trading their products. This forced choice leads the main characters to reconsider their lives and relationships. Berlin International Film Festival 2014 official selection, and a Nastro d'Argento nominee for Best Direction. In Italian with English subtitles.


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