CARO DIARIO
DEAR DIARY
1993, Film Movement, 100 min, Italy/France, Dir: Nanni Moretti

Nanni Moretti recounts three entries from his “diary” in this hilarious and intimate self-reflective comedy, which follows the filmmaker’s musings on cinema atop a Vespa, a trip to the Aeolian Islands to work on his new screenplay, and his search for health and wellness after breaking out in a nagging skin rash. Winner of Best Director at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. “With a seductive rhythm, the film alternates between wry encounters and lovely restful interludes, the latter presented so soothingly that they create a contemplative mood. Beautiful Italian scenery is also among this film's many pleasures.” - Janet Maslin, The New York Times


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.


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