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TUTTO IL MIO FOLLE AMORE
2019, Rai Com, 97 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Salvatores

Sixteen years have passed since Vincent was born and those years have not been easy for anyone - not for the boy, immersed in a world of his own, nor for his mother and her partner. Missing from the picture is Vincent’s biological father, Willi, who has spent his life pursuing music rather than settling down with a child. The dour situation changes when Willi finally musters up the courage to meet his son; what awaits the two of them is a spontaneous three-month motorbike journey. Starring Claudio Santamaria, Valeria Golino, Diego Abatantuono and Giulio Pranno.


THE VICE OF HOPE
IL VIZIO DELLA SPERANZA
2019, True Colors, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo De Angelis

A follow-up to Edoardo De Angelis’ 2016 critically acclaimed INDIVISIBLE, THE VICE OF HOPE follows Maria (Pina Turco), a young woman involved in human trafficking. Maria’s job within the criminal enterprise is a grim one: She shepherds pregnant African prostitutes, whose babies are sold as soon as they are born. Given her own grueling past as a hustler, Maria is largely resigned to her miserable work - until an unexpected circumstance offers a glimmer of hope. Set in the same Camorra-infested Neapolitan coastal towns as such films as GOMORRAH and DOGMAN, THE VICE OF HOPE is an uncompromising, yet ultimately optimistic look at some of the darkest corners of society. “While dealing with actual social problems of criminality and gendered poverty, [the film] manages to avoid the dull, prescriptive social realism so typical of ‘issue pictures.’” - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope.


LORO
2018, IFC Films, 150 min, Italy/France, Dir: Paolo Sorrentino

Director Paolo Sorrentino reunites with his THE GREAT BEAUTY star Toni Servillo to peer behind the curtain of recent Italian politics. Billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi (Servillo) was first elected to lead the Italian government in 1994 and his lengthy, corruption-ridden tenure has resulted in a tax-fraud conviction, so there’s more than enough material for a juicy biopic. But as the title - which translates as “them” - suggests, this film is less focused on the ex-prime minister than on his sycophantic retinue. Released in two parts in Italy, the film won four Nastro d’Argento awards including Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Elena Sofia Ricci). “Sorrentino’s mastery of the unexpected visual shock is deliciously in evidence from the moment the title appears.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.


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