MY MOTHER
MIA MADRE
2015, Alchemy, 106 min, Italy/France, Dir: Nanni Moretti

Filmmaker Nanni Moretti’s latest may have a touch of autobiography to it; the film profiles a director (David di Donatello Award winner Margherita Buy) under both personal and professional duress. As her mother (Giulia Lazzarini) lies in a hospital bed nearing the end of her life, Margherita’s current production hits a snag in the person of its difficult lead actor (John Turturro, providing some nice comic relief). This moving new drama took home the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In Italian and English with English subtitles.


WE HAVE A POPE
HABEMUS PAPAM
2011, IFC Films, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Nanni Moretti

Luis Bunuel favorite Michel Piccoli stars "with consummate brilliance" (Variety) as Cardinal Melville, who fears being elected as the new pope after appointment by his co-cardinals in the Sistine Chapel (perfectly reproduced at Cinecitta). With filmmaker Nanni Moretti (THE SON'S ROOM, IL CAIMANO) in a hilarious turn as the shrink summoned to get to the bottom of Melville's mental stability and papal potential. Official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In Italian with English subtitles.


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