BOYS CRY
LA TERRA DELL'ABBASTANZA
2018, The Match Factory, 96 min, Italy, Dir: Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo

Twin brothers Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo earned a Nastro d'Argento award for Best Debut Director with this superbly crafted crime drama. Matteo Olivetti and Andrea Carpenzano star as Mirko and Manolo, best friends living on the margins of Rome who accidently run over someone. When they discover the man was an informer marked for death, the two use the incident to impress the local mafia … and wind up getting more than they bargained for. “What makes the film so fascinating to watch is that the psychology of the boys keeps bubbling to the surface organically, making it easy for audiences to understand the thought processes behind their (frequently not advisable) actions.” - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter.


HOLDING HANDS
LA TENEREZZA
2017, Rai Com, 103 min, Italy, Dir: Gianni Amelio

Renato Carpentieri won the Italian Golden Globes Best Actor award as retired lawyer Lorenzo, a self-centered grouch with a heart of gold. His health failing and estranged from his family, Lorenzo grows close to the new family next door - but the neighboring household is not as happy as it seems, and catastrophe awaits. Amelio’s adaptation of Lorenzo Moreno’s prize-winning novel The Temptation to Be Happy is both a powerfully acted character study and an evocative portrait of middle-class Naples.


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