LIKE A CAT ON A HIGHWAY
COME UN GATTO IN TANGENZIALE
2017, True Colors, 98 min, Italy, Dir: Riccardo Milani

The lifespan of a teen romance may be as short as that of a cat on a highway, but it’s long enough to spark this hilarious and affecting look at love across class boundaries. When a young man and woman get engaged in Rome, it fosters an unusual friendship between the daughter’s rich father (Antonio Albanese) and the son’s poor mother (Paola Cortellesi). This delightful crowd-pleaser won Nastro d’Argento awards for Best Comedy Film and for the lead performances of Albanese and Cortellesi.


ITALY IN A DAY
2014, Rai Com, 75 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Salvatores

Like its 2011 predecessor, LIFE IN A DAY, this documentary distills hundreds of YouTube videos shot during a 24-hour period to capture the rhythms and occurrences of a typical day. Here the focus is on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Italy, and the footage ranges from the mundane to the magical, with plenty of striking Italian scenery (as in the eruption of Mount Etna). Executive produced by Ridley Scott. In Italian with English subtitles.


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