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.


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.


I CAN QUIT WHENEVER I WANT
SMETTO QUANDO VOGLIO
2014, Fandango, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Sydney Sibilia

With 10 David di Donatello nominations and the 2014 Best Producer Silver Ribbon award, this biting comedy of life from director Sydney Sibilia with a cast of brilliant new Italian actors moves with the sleek assurance of a classic heist film. When research assistant Pietro (Edoardo Leo) loses his university job in Rome due to cutbacks, he recruits six other brilliant but underemployed friends to join him in the designer-drug business. In Italian with English subtitles.


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