THE BIG HEART OF GIRLS
IL CUORE GRANDE DELLE RAGAZZE
2011, Filmexport Group, 85 min, Italy, Dir: Pupi Avati

In Pupi Avati's wonder-filled trip down memory lane, Alessandro Haber narrates in voiceover his 1930s upbringing with the older brother he ardently admired, playboy Carlino (Cesare Cremonini). When Carlino falls for Francesca (Micaela Ramazzotti), a pairing that's met with intense familial objections on both sides, he woos her into marriage but is soon back to his philandering ways when tempted by a former lover (Isabelle Adriani). A pillow-fluffy and candy-sweet romp through complications of the heart (and other body parts), this romantic dramedy is as charming and irresistible as Carlino himself. An official selection of the 2011 Rome Film Festival, and Ramazzotti was awarded the Best Actress Award by the Italian film critics union (S.N.G.C.I.). In Italian with English subtitles.


EFFI BRIEST
FONTANE - EFFI BRIEST
1974, Janus Films, 140 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Adapted from Theodor Fontane’s novel of the same name, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s richly textured period piece showcases the director’s ability to give traditional source material his own iconoclastic edge. In this 19th century-set tale, 17-year-old Effi Briest (Hanna Schygulla) lives with the older Baron von Instetten in a spookily isolated Baltic manor. Left alone much of the time and with a newly born daughter, Effi begins to enjoy the “company” of handsome Major Crampas (Ulli Lommel), but it is only a matter of time before the baron’s suspicions escalate to violent consequences. Winner of the 1974 InterFilm Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and named one of the 1,000 best films of all time by the New York Times. In German with English subtitles.


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