THE VICE OF HOPE
IL VIZIO DELLA SPERANZA
2019, True Colors, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo De Angelis

A follow-up to Edoardo De Angelis’ 2016 critically acclaimed INDIVISIBLE, THE VICE OF HOPE follows Maria (Pina Turco), a young woman involved in human trafficking. Maria’s job within the criminal enterprise is a grim one: She shepherds pregnant African prostitutes, whose babies are sold as soon as they are born. Given her own grueling past as a hustler, Maria is largely resigned to her miserable work - until an unexpected circumstance offers a glimmer of hope. Set in the same Camorra-infested Neapolitan coastal towns as such films as GOMORRAH and DOGMAN, THE VICE OF HOPE is an uncompromising, yet ultimately optimistic look at some of the darkest corners of society. “While dealing with actual social problems of criminality and gendered poverty, [the film] manages to avoid the dull, prescriptive social realism so typical of ‘issue pictures.’” - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope.


IT’S THE LAW!
L'ORA LEGALE
2017, True Colors, 92 min, Italy, Dir: Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone

In the small Sicilian village of Pietrammare, a mayoral election is approaching; the town has been led for many years by the crooked Gaetano Patanè (Tony Sperandeo), who will use any deception necessary to hold onto power. It’s business as usual for the townspeople until Pierpaolo Natoli (Vincenzo Amato) emerges as the mayor’s opponent. An upstanding 50-year-old professor, Natoli is a political novice full of courage and ideals - and, against all odds, he wins. But are the citizens of Pietrammare ready for a new age of legality and respect for the rules? The Ficarra and Picone team are at their hilarious best in this insightful comedy.


INDIVISIBLE
INDIVISIBILI
2016, True Colors, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo De Angelis

Winner of four awards at the Venice Film Festival, this unusual drama follows sisters Daisy and Viola (Angela and Marianna Fortuna), who really are “indivisible” - they were born as Siamese twins. Blessed with fine voices, the two are hired out by their parents as singers until a doctor tells them they could be separated. “Side-stepping what could have been a cheap, morbid peek into the lives of two beautiful teenagers who were born joined at the hip, INDIVISIBLE strikes out on its own path, sounding an exhilarating note of freedom.” - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter.


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