ROMULUS & REMUS: THE FIRST KING
IL PRIMO RE
2019, Well Go, 123 min, Italy/Belgium, Dir: Matteo Rovere

The legend of the founding of Rome has been told for millennia, but never like this. With gritty realism and a shocking attention to detail, Matteo Rovere’s ROMULUS & REMUS: THE FIRST KING is an immersive journey into 8th century B.C. Old Latium, where two 18-year-old twin shepherds dream of ruling an empire bigger than the world has ever seen. Spoken entirely in an authentic proto-Italic dialect and featuring committed performances by Alessandro Borghi (Remus) and Alessio Lapice (Romulus), the film is both a violent and bloody sword-and-sandal epic and a surprisingly touching drama about the explosive collision of human will and destiny. Winner of Best Film at the Busto Arsizio Film Festival 2019.


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.


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