SUBURRA
2015, Netflix, 130 min, Italy/France, Dir: Stefano Sollima

An ambitious plan to turn waterfront property in a Roman suburb into an Italian version of Las Vegas brings together a motley assortment of Mafiosi and political bigwigs in director Stefano Sollima’s crackling crime thriller. As Berlusconi’s government crumbles and Pope Benedict XVI abdicates, everything seems up for grabs; hard-boiled performances (from a cast including Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Amendola, Alessandro Borghi and Greta Scarano) along with several bravura sequences underline the noirish moral vacuum. “This is straight-ahead mob action, a vision of crows pecking each other to death when they’re not feasting on the corpse of ‘Bunga Bunga’ Italy. It’s carried off with a great deal of flair.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


THOSE HAPPY YEARS
ANNI FELICI
2013, Celluloid Dreams, 101 min, Italy, Dir: Daniele Luchetti

Guido (Kim Rossi Stuart) is too self-centered to see that his wife (Micaela Ramazzotti) is upset about all the time he spends with beautiful women in his studio. So it’s a rude awakening when she leaves the narcissistic artist for a “feminist retreat” - right after his big Milan gallery show has gone horribly wrong. In Italian with English subtitles.


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