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.


GOD WILLING
SE DIO VUOLE
2015, Intramovies, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo Maria Falcone

Edoardo Maria Falcone earned David di Donatello and Nastro d’Argento Best New Director awards for this knowing father-son comedy. Alessandro Gassmann stars as a priest hilariously stalked by arrogant cardiac surgeon Tommaso (Marco Giallini), an avowed atheist who is thrown for a loop by an announcement from his only son (Enrico Oetiker) – the young man wants to become a priest, too. A box office hit in Italy. In Italian with English subtitles.


THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER
LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D’ESTATE
2013, Distrib Films, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Pierfrancesco Diliberto

This remarkably assured portrait of organized crime’s long grip on Sicily is the feature debut from TV host Pierfrancesco Diliberto, better known as Pif. He stars as Arturo, an Everyman who has grown up in a community where acceptance of La Cosa Nostra violence is alternately hilarious and poignant. Clever use of archival footage (with characters inserted à la FORREST GUMP) brings to life the decades before high-profile assassinations in the 1990s roused the country to action against the Mafia. In Italian with English subtitles.


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