EUPHORIA
EUFORIA
2018, True Colors, 115 min, Italy, Dir: Valeria Golino

Familiar to American audiences as an actress, Valeria Golino (HONEY) adds to her directorial résumé with this drama, which screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. High-flying entrepreneur Matteo (Riccardo Scamarcio) and schoolteacher Ettore (Valerio Mastandrea) are siblings whose very different lives converge after Ettore is diagnosed with a terminal illness; taking charge of his brother’s treatment, Matteo tries to hide the truth from all involved. Jasmine Trinca gives a poignant turn as the woman with whom Ettore has fallen in love.


NAPLES IN VEILS
NAPOLI VELATA
2017, True Colors, 113 min, Italy, Dir: Ferzan Ozpetek

This enigmatic, intricately plotted thriller stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Adriana, a medical examiner who falls for a guy (Alessandro Borghi) at a party only to discover his corpse at the mortuary days later. As the police begin to focus on her, Adriana spots the young man in the subway - is it a ghost, or something else? Adding to the atmosphere are Gian Filippo Corticelli’s lush cinematography and Pasquale Catalano’s evocative soundtrack - the film’s titular city rarely seemed more beautiful, or mysterious, on screen.


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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