ONE KISS
UN BACIO
2016, TLA Releasing, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Ivan Cotroneo

With its themes of homophobia and bullying in school, this coming-of-age drama about three teen outcasts could not be more timely. Withdrawn basketball player Antonio (Leonardo Pazzagli), promiscuous Blu (Valentina Romani) and flamboyantly gay Lorenzo (Rimau Ritzberger Grillo) band together against the taunts of schoolmates - until a kiss shatters their unity.


ME, MYSELF AND HER
IO E LEI
2015, Lucky Red, 97 min, Italy, Dir: Maria Sole Tognazzi

Perhaps Italy’s first romantic comedy with a female couple at the center, ME, MYSELF AND HER stars Sabrina Ferilli as happily out restaurateur Marina and Margherita Buy (from Tognazzi’s previous A FIVE STAR LIFE) as Federica, a previously married architect whose fear of what others might think gives her pause about the relationship. With a light tone, this warm look at the everyday struggles of two people to build a life together strikes a universal chord. In Italian with English subtitles.


A FIVE STAR LIFE
VIAGGIO SOLA
2013, Music Box Films, 85 min, Italy, Dir: Maria Sole Tognazzi

Irene (Margherita Buy, winner of the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress) has a dream job: traveling through Europe to test the service at The Leading Hotels of the World’s 5-star establishments. Yet in the lap of that luxury, she is alone. The film was awarded the Nastro d’Argento as Best Comedy by the Italian film critics union (S.N.G.C.I.). In Italian with English subtitles.


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