LET YOURSELF GO
LASCIATI ANDARE
2017, Menemsha Films, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Francesco Amato

Psychoanalyst Elia (THE GREAT BEAUTY’s Toni Servillo) is a pure Freudian whose austere and detached manner holds his patients in awe, even though he lives alone in a flat on the same floor as the ex-wife he still secretly pines for. After a minor illness, Elia’s doctor prescribes an iron-rich diet and physical activity to lose some weight … which is how he chances upon Claudia (Verónica Echegui), a personal trainer well versed in the cult of physique but not that of the mind.


LIKE CRAZY (2016)
LA PAZZA GIOIA
2016, Strand Releasing, 118 min, Italy/France, Dir: Paolo Virzì

Director Paolo Virzì (HUMAN CAPITAL) and his two lead actresses all won well-deserved Nastri d'Argento awards for this delightful dramedy. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) and Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) are both patients at a psychiatric hospital and unlikely friends - the former withdrawn, the latter manic. When a van is late to pick them up from their jobs at a local nursery, the two board a bus and embark on a road trip that is by turns amusing and touching. “A terrific comedy-drama about two women in a mental institution that avoids the pitfalls such a scenario could encounter and boasts delicious dialogue with a rare sense of balance.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.


BLACK SOULS
ANIME NERE
2014, Rai Com, 103 min, Italy, Dir: Francesco Munzi

Calabria’s 'Ndrangheta is among the world’s most powerful criminal organizations, yet Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) has turned his back on it to herd goats in the Southern town of Africo. But his teenage son Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) is enamored with his drug-running uncles (Marco Leonardi & Peppino Mazzotta). The youth's reckless actions ignite a long-simmering blood feud between the Carbones and another local clan. Based on real events described in Gioacchino Criaco’s novel, ANIME NERE.

“Munzi focuses on incongruous leftovers from a benighted past, where kinship and blood feuds in a marginalized corner of rural Italy fester until entire communities are drawn into a whirlpool of intimidation and violence. This is the film’s strong suit, uncovering the feudal nature of honor and the ways in which a rash act precipitates not just one murder but a never-ending string of killings passed from generation to generation.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.

“Munzi peels remorselessly away the layers of his plot in this timeless fable of pride and power, of youth and experience, of father and son, and brother against brother. Anime Nere is far more than a gangster movie set in the Italian south: it becomes a morality tale about breaking cycles of violence and finding a new way. This is its true strength, and Munzi does a superb job of detailing the various forces at work. Dark and sinister, full of foreboding and twists, his elegant film tells the story of a man's struggle to escape his past with integrity and force.” PIERS HANDLING, TIFF

In Italian with English subtitles.


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