From multi award-winning writer/Jonas Carpignano,To Chiara is a searing, gripping and poignant drama about a Calabrian teenage girl who learns some difficult truths about her close-knit family. Gioia Tuaro,Southern Italy. The Guerrasio family and their friends gather to celebrate the 18th birthday of Giulia, the eldest daughter of Claudio and Carmela. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 15-year-old sister Chiara (extraordinary screen discovery Swamy Rotolo) – who’s clearly Dad’s favourite – though it’s a happy occasion. But Chiara gradually senses that something is very wrong, and then... her father disappears. Chiara’s mother exudes reassurances to her three daughters but offers no clear explanation, so the teenager begins her own investigations. The more Chiara learns, the more she is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself. Ingeniously structured and building to a thrilling climax, Carpignano’s neo-realist tale upends the mafia genre with an emotional and urgent new perspective. It’s an unmissable Festival highlight
A crooner with a broken heart, Gaspard had sworn never to fall in love again. As for Lula, a pretty mermaid, she has only her singing to defend herself from men, making their hearts race until they explode. When the Seine floods and deposits Lula at the foot of the Flowerburger, the barge-cabaret where Gaspard sings, it is a mini-tsunami that will upset and change their lives. He, the man who has suffered from having loved too much, and she, the creature who has never known love, will get to know each other. And to sing with the same voice...
“The very classification “amateur” has an apologetic ring. But the very word - from the Latin amator, “lover” - means one who does something for the love of the thing” - Maya Deren Amator is a collaborative and open-ended moving image and text project by mother and daughter Azita Chegini and Selina Ershadi. When plans to accompany her mother on a recent trip to Iran to make the film fell through, Selina asked Azita to take her handycam with her on her 3 week trip back home to record walking through the Alborz mountains that surround Tehran. What emerged from this seemingly simple task is a series of fragmented glimpses into Azita’s experience of grappling with what it means to be a cameraperson and what it means to document one’s own lived experience, questions intensified by a setting in which the boundary between the private and public is starkly defined. After years of being the one in front of the camera’s lens, Azita is now the one looking through it, capturing what she sees. Her camera enacts a kind of flanerie that shifts between the interiors and exteriors of both places and bodies across space and time. Over the stream of images, Azita reads her own diaristic text that drifts in and out of the present and the past, moving between the act of recording what one sees and what one remembers. Iranian oral storytelling has its own version of the phrase ‘once upon a time’. Persian stories often begin with the words ‘yeki bood, yeki nabood’ : ‘one was, one was not.’ It is a phrase that holds space for what has been carved away; a reminder of the untold that always shadows what is told. The ambiguous words question the notion of a singular truth. By including the fractured construction of Azita’s own story – its attempts, its ‘failures,’ its intent – the film strives for narrative multiplicity. Amator circuitously continues on from Selina’s inter-textual film Hollywood Ave (2017) and its mirror text Notes for 3 Women. The work challenges mastery, singular authorship and resolution, instead embracing minor forms of storytelling that dwell in places of uncertainty and daydreams. It is a project that is slowly, intuitively and imperfectly pieced together by love.
An executive manager, his wife and his family are at the point when his professional choices are about to overturn all their lives. Philippe Lemesle and his wife are separating, their love irretrievably damaged by the pressures of work. A successful executive in an industrial conglomerate, Philippe no longer knows how to respond to the contradictory demands of his bosses. Yesterday they wanted a manager, today an enforcer. Now he must decide what his life really means.
Marianne Winckler, a well-known author, goes to live in northern France to research her new book on the subject of job insecurity. Without revealing her true identity, she gets hired as a cleaner, working with a group of other women. In this new role, she experiences financial instability and social invisibility first hand. But she also discovers mutual assistance and solidarity, strong bonds shared by these behind the scenes working women
Impossible not to have fun watching this playful, slightly bawdy comedy. Sparkling with a superstar cast and led by Italian acting royalty, the beautiful Gina Lollobrigida. It feels both like a Hollywood film and an Italian film. The plot swirls around a resourceful Italian woman who had a daughter with an American during the War, but she cannot precisely remember which American GI. For twenty years, all three men dutifully sent her child support payments. The only problem is now, twenty years later, they all return to the village of San Forino for an Air Force Reunion. All three men naturally wish to meet their daughter, and the set-up is complete. The beauty of this warmly entertaining story is the quality of comedic performances and a surety of direction. If this plot sounds familiar, it is because this film provided the inspiration for the musicals and movies known as Mamma Mia . Paolo Rotondo
The brilliant and controversial painter Michelangelo Merisi, a.k.a Caravaggio, seems like a contemporary artist to me, a rock god or a film star whose excesses and foibles created flaws and contrasts that appeared to contradict the truly superb artwork he created. Caravaggio is unquestionably one of the most influential artists of the Renaissance. To this day, viewing a Caravaggio is a sublime and unique experience, visceral and often violently beautiful. His characters are so vital and palpable that you feel like you could smell them. He used real people as his models rather than aristocrats, clergy or courtiers, allowing us a direct and empathetic relationship with them. This documentary immerses us into the successes, violence and beauty of the world of a beloved artist that will be remembered for eternity. - Paolo Rotondo
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The hilarious smash hit French comedy written and directed by, and starring Jérôme Commandeur (Welcome to the sticks, Ma famille t’adore déjà). Vincent, a long time civil servant refuses to move on from his cushy job for life. When the new local mayor demands cuts to the budget, disgruntled inspector Isabelle (Pascale Arbillot) orchestrates a series of undesirable transfers for Vincent, from the worst corners of France to the North Pole... but will it be enough to finally force him to quit the bureaucratic system that he’s become so accustomed to?
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When André, 85, has a stroke, Emmanuelle hurries to her father's bedside. Sick and half-paralyzed in his hospital bed, he asks Emmanuelle to help him end his life. But how can you honor such a request when it's your own father?
Kim Rossi Stuart is undeniably charming playing Bruno Salvati, an unsuccessful Roman filmmaker in the midst of some significant life changes. Salvati’s comedies are tragic, and he cannot fund his new projects. Fresh from the separation with his wife and mother of his two children, Bruno finds himself negotiating everything in his life, especially all of his personal and professional relationships in the face of a potentially terminal illness. Depicting illness with humour and confidence, Bruno and his family embark on an unexpected journey of rebirth, changing their relationships forever and learning that “everything will be alright”. - Paolo Rotondo 2020 | Drama | 101 min | Dir. Francesco Bruni
Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist movement. He is rightfully known as the father of Impressionism. It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and throughout it all he wrote extensively to his family. It is through these intimate and revealing letters that this gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work. 2020 | Documentary | 96 min | Dir. David Bickerstaff
Paris 1942. François Mercier is an ordinary man who only aspires to start a family with the woman he loves, Blanche. He is also the employee of a talented jeweller, Mr. Haffmann. But faced with the German occupation, the two men will have no other choice but to conclude an agreement whose consequences, over the months, will upset the fate of our three characters.
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Based on a true story during the Cold War, Firebird is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of an Air Force base in occupied Estonia during late 1970’s Communist rule. Sergey (Tom Prior), a soulful, young soldier who dreams of becoming an actor in Moscow, is counting the days until his military service ends. His life is turned upside down when he locks eyes with Roman (Oleg Zagorodnii), a sexy, enigmatic ace fighter pilot newly assigned to his base. Driven by their undeniable attraction, Sergey and Roman navigate the precarious line between love and friendship at a time when Soviet men in uniform caught having a sexual affair were met with the severest punishment. As their friendship grows into love, the men risk their freedom and their lives to be together in the face of an all-seeing Communist regime.
A downtrodden man experiences an ethical crisis and travels back to his hometown in rural Italy to recalibrate his moral compass. There he finds new purpose in reviving his grandfather's old vineyard, offering the small town of Acerenza a sustainable future, and reconnecting with his estranged family in the process.
A bleak, cryptic vision of life in contemporary Iran that eschews overt social commentary in favour of a very personal vision of stifled lives. Directed remotely by Rashidi from Ireland over Skype, the making of this unique film reflects the alienation it so compellingly portrays. Screened in association with the exhibition ‘There is no other home but this’ 2012 | Experimental | 82 min | Dir. Rouzbeh Rashidi| Subtitled
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To celebrate Yves’ 50th birthday, his friends plan to take him to the sunny paradise of Paros in Greece. But due to a cancelled flight, the holiday will take place in a far less glamorous and much rainier destination: Yves’ family home in Brittany. During the vacation, their bonds are challenged by Antoine’s constant complaining, Yves’ pride, Baptiste’s superstition and Laurent’s jealousy of Jean-Mich’s perfect life and family. On top of that, Antoine’s supposedly harmless joke – offering Yves a DNA ancestry test – has unforeseen consequences…
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Antoine, a history teacher in his early 50s, learns that he has become very hard of hearing. Unable to own up to his handicap, he resigns himself to living in his bubble, even though his entourage finds his behaviour increasingly odd. His encounter with Claire, widow and mother of a young girl who has stopped speaking, will lead him to open up to the world.
Hidden Away tells the true story of Italian artist Antonio Ligabue. The narrative chronicles the life of Ligabue from his humble beginnings as a foster child in Switzerland, through his time in a psychiatric hospital, to becoming a prominent, and successful painter. Germano conveys both naivety and the inner torment of a man who suffered terrible loneliness and neglect before his extraordinary talent was discovered. This is a beautifully crafted film, where the cinematography takes its cues from painting but never falls into the trap of emulating the painter′s work. The atmosphere and natural beauty of the Alto Adige and Reggio Emilia regions with the collective farms and elegant architecture are stunning. - Paolo Rotondo 2020 | Drama/Biography | 120 min | Dir. Giorgio Diritti
Fahrije’s husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo, and along with their grief, her family is struggling financially. In order to provide for them she launches a small agricultural business, but in the traditional patriarchal village where she lives, her ambition and efforts to empower herself and other women are not seen as positive things. She struggles not only to keep her family afloat but also against a hostile community who is rooting for her to fail.
Diego (Bisio), a successful lawyer, is chronically depressed. One day he meets Massimiliano (Sergio Rubini), owner of an eccentric shop in Chiacchiere that sells nothing except conversation. By chatting with him, Diego understands the solution to get out of his emotional slump is to do good for his loved ones. With his new friend Massimiliano's help, Diego identifies the problems that he believes afflict his mother, father, brother, daughter, friends, even his ex- wife and concocts an elaborate plan. Unfortunately for them, Diego’s best-laid plans often end up causing them the most trouble. But all is not lost, as he is determined to get it right this time. Featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, writer-director Fausto Brizzi delivers a reflective comedy about friendship and the importance of listening to each other. 2019 | Comedy | 100 min | Dir. Fausto Brizzi
Set in the 1960s (a period of economic prosperity in Europe), Il Buco captures the journey of a group of young speleologists exploring the bottom of the Bifurto Abyss, which at 687 meters (2,254 feet) is one of the world’s deepest caves. Their journey begins in the neighboring village, whose residents barely register their presence. Scenes of life moving along — the townspeople washing their clothes, watching television, slaughtering livestock, eating, laughing and playing — make up the beginning of the film. After a few days, the men pack their belongings and head toward the mountain, where the old shepherd sits and watches. 2021 | Drama | 93 min | Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino
In Journey to Italy, we see Rossellini’s interest moving from historical and social themes to the private sphere – the inner world of a marriage. The result is poetic,profound and dramatic. It tells the story of a couple (Bergman and George Sanders) on their trip to Napoli to sell an inherited villa. Napoli and the ruins of Pompeii become an unforgettable metaphor for a marriage. Rossellini was one of the most faithful and well-known exponents of the ‘Neo-Realist’ movement, but in Journey to Italy, he could be said to start the next significant movement in European Cinema – the French New Wave. Martin Scorsese considers this film to be the beginning of modern cinema and the first road movie. - Paolo Rotondo 1954 | Drama | 97 min | Dir. Roberto Rossellini
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Mathieu is a gregarious and dedicated diplomat who accepts a posting to Irkutsk as the head of Siberia’s Alliance Française. He hopes the change will be good for his family and struggling marriage, but before long Mathieu’s staging of cultural events and support of artistic expression sees him fall foul of local authorities. Accused of a terrible crime, he soon realises someone has fabricated a case with Russia’s Federal Security Service; he has been framed.
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Nour, a 14-year-old boy, is enjoying the beginning of the summer holidays in the South of France. He is the youngest of four brothers. They live together in a council estate, taking turns caring for their mother who is in a coma. She used to love ItalianOpera, so Nour plays it for her, and develops a passion for that music. Between community work and rising tensions at home, Nour dreams of escaping to a faraway place. When he crosses paths with Sarah, an Opera singer teaching summer classes, he finally finds the opportunity to come out of his shell and explore new horizons
Distinguished by an outstanding cast in top form, this stylish and involving new drama from award-winning writer/director Daniele Luchetti, charts the lives of a middle-class Italian family across three decades. The once- happy union between Aldo (Luigi Lo Cascio) and his wife Vanda (a superb Alba Rohrwacher) is ruptured one evening when Aldo admits, unprompted, that he has been unfaithful. Equally hurt and bewildered, Vanda attempts to hide her pain from the couple's two school-age kids. Thirty years later, Aldo and Vanda are still together, but their relationships with each other and grown up children, Anna and Sandro, continue to be defined by what happened all those years ago. It is the first Italian film in over a decade to open the Venice Film Festival. - Paolo Rotondo 2020 | Drama | 100 min | Dir. Daniele Luchetti
What Nicholas (9) loves most is playing with his gang of middle school pals, The Invincibles. Adorable, yet mischievous, they have all sorts of adventures together and life could not be funnier. So when his dad gets promoted and announces that the family is relocating to the South of France, his world falls apart. Little Nicholas cannot live without his friends. But the pack has a plan to prevent this terrible relocation: a treasure hunt.
Featuring a delicious ensemble cast led by François Damiens and Vanessa Paradis, the hilarious new romantic comedy from Samuel Benchetritisa charmingly-affectionate fable of a disparate group of ordinary people finding love and fulfilment through an unexpected source: the arts. In the port city of Dunkirk, weary crime boss Jeff (The Belier Family’s wonderful Damiens) has a big problem: young punks are muscling in on his turf. But Jeff is distracted: he’s fallen for Roxane, a supermarket cashier he adores from afar. Taking a leaf from the Cyrano playbook, he tries to win her heart by writing love poems but doesn’t have the courage to deliver them. Meanwhile, Jeff's grizzled and near-mute enforcer is sent to shake down local suburban widow Suzanne (a never-better Paradis), who is preparing to portray Simone de Beauvoir in the community theatre’s annual musical, but instead finds himself drawn in to the actual production.
In this psychological thriller in the Hitchcockian tradition, Virginie Efira (Bye Bye Morons) deftly embodies the troubled personality of Madeleine Collins, a woman living a double life, whose identity cracks under the weight of her own lies. The film tells the parallel stories of a woman who seems to be the perfect wife and a loving mother living between France and Switzerland. Sophisticated and elegant with a touch of suspense, Madeleine Collins sits somewhere between Vertigo and Kramer vs. Kramer, the story of a woman at the centre of two worlds that are starting to collide.
Paris, 1953. The body of a beautiful young woman is discovered at Place Ventimille, dressed in an elegant evening gown. There is nothing to identify her and no witnesses. Pensive and world-weary Inspector Jules Maigret (Depardieu) endeavours to piece together her story, and in doing so uncovers details about her past and character. In his enquiries, he encounters Betty (Jade Labeste), a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the victim, but who also reminds him of one even closer to his own life…
Across the Moana the art of tatau is legendary - but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known, especially for new generations. These age old symbols of the Moko Kauae, the Fijian Veiqia, the Papuan Tep Tok and the Samoan Malu were made to celebrate the significance of the female role, but many were also created by female tatau artists. 'Marks of Mana' explores the female history of tatau in our cultures, and the meaning behind these patterns linked like a necklace around the Moana.
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Seven men, all city-dwellers aged between 17 and 70, with nothing in common apart from the fact that they are all on the verge of a nervous breakdown, meet up at a lonely station for an unusual course in the wild that is supposed to get them back on their feet. Each step in this boot camp, designed by an eccentric and feisty female coach, aims to reveal them to themselves. The task seems to be a tough one, especially as nothing goes as planned between these men.
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On a warm spring day in 1924, housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr and Mrs Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover, Paul (Josh O’Connor), the boy from the manor house nearby who is Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.
Sink your teeth into this juicy murder comedy! Was it Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick? Or was it Mrs Peacock in the conservatory with the lead pipe? Murder Party follows Jeanne (Alice Pol), a brilliant architect on a new job, renovating a beautiful mansion owned by an eccentric family who heads a board game empire. Jeanne turns from architect to investigator when the landlord and patriarch is found dead and suddenly everybody is a suspect.
Memories tell us the story of who we are. If those memories vanish, whose stories will take their place? Phil (Bouli Lanners), a middle-aged farmhand working on a remote Scottish island suffers amnesia following a stroke. A lonely local woman, Millie (Game of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley) helps him acclimate back to his life and claims they were once in a relationship before his accident. This is a fragile lie that Millie must protect to keep their burgeoning romance alive, but at what cost?
In Italy, Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone are very popular comedians. Once Upon a Time...in Bethlehemhad over two million admissions at the Italian box office. The set-up: a priest and an atheist thief are magically transported to the year 0, where they have to make sure that the Nativity (of baby Jesus) follows its rightful course. The opportunities for gags are endless; I suspect they nearly used them all. Picone and Ficarra play the leads and co-direct. I especially loved Massimo Popolizio, who plays a volcanic Herod, incensed by the prospect of the birth of the King of Kings. Irreverent, silly, clever and very entertaining. - Paolo Rotondo 2019 | Comedy | 105 min | Dir. Salvatore Ficarra & Valentino Picone
Padrenostro is an evocative crime drama from the point of view of the son of a Rome police chief in the late 1970s. This is not fiction; Director Claudio Noce has mined his own true story to create a gripping and visually beautiful film in a very original way. As a 10 year old boy, Noce witnessed the attempted assassination of his own father by a terrorist group. The trauma, he says, harried him all his life before finally finding a catharsis of sorts with the making of Padrenostro, which competed for the top prize in Venice. Pierfrancesco Favino plays Alfonso (the father) with such a quiet, phlegmatic power that he embodies the Police Chief with devastating presence. Favino was awarded ‘Best Actor’ at the Venice Film Festival for his role. - Paolo Rotondo 2020 | Drama | 120 min | Dir. Claudio Noce
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Roma Città Aperta is the film that made the Neo-realist film movement famous. This is the story of ordinary Roman citizens under Nazi occupation. The characters draw us in, entertaining us with wit and a light touch before deliveringthe viewer to truly dramatic scenarios. The fact that this film was able to be made under the devastating conditions of 1945 Rome is as extraordinary as the film itself. Shot only two months after the liberation, the boundaries between fiction and reality are non-existent, sometimes depicting events that happened only months before, in the very places, with the actual citizens that experienced the occupation. Rossellini paired two prominent actors, Magnani and Fabrizi, with a cast of unknown and non-actors. It is, for me, one of the most influential films ever made and continues to inspire and humble me. - Paolo Rotondo “Neo-realism was the most precious moment in film history.” - Martin Scorsese 1945 | Drama | 103 min | Dir. Roberto Rossellini
The story of a father who will go to any lengths to connect with his daughter.
Ingrid Bergman was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The film’s themes and Bergman’s affair with Rossellini were scandalous at the time. Stromboli tells the story of a nationless woman who, after the War, marries an Italian prisoner of war, a fisherman, in the hope of a future. He offers her a home and a life on his native island of Stromboli, a remote active volcano. The sublime, rugged beauty of the island volcano proves as dangerous as her internal disquiet. On the surface, it seems like a simple set-up, but the cultural, political and gender dynamics of Stromboli are complex and sophisticated. Bergman is outstanding, able to transmit to us her deepest emotions, both light and dark, with a fearless dignity. The tuna fishing scene is one of the most famous in the history of cinema, but the entire film is an unmissable piece of cinema history. Many descendants of the Strombolani settled in New Zealand, often bringing their fishing expertise to Wellington’s South Coast. - Paolo Rotondo 1950 | Drama | 81 min | Dir. Roberto Rossellini
Cathy is a stubborn 40-year-old sous chef. This year, she is finally about to fulfil her lifelong dream: Opening her own gastronomic restaurant. But nothing goes as planned. Facing serious financial difficulties, she reluctantly accepts a job in the cafeteria of a shelter for young migrants. While she hates her new position, Cathy’s skills and passion for cuisine start to change the kids’ lives. And they also have a lot to teach her...
The Pavone and Vismara families are complete opposites. One bourgeois and intellectual, while the other proletarian and Fascist, these apparently contrary family units share the same jungle: Rome. A trivial accident brings the two together and the madness of a 25-year-old will set them on a collision course, revealing that everyone has a secret, no one is what they seem – and we are all predators. Buoyed by an inspired ensemble cast and featuring a vast network of characters, including an assistant professor obsessed with the mystery of Nietzsche’s virginity (Castellitto); his father, a philandering doctor (Massimo Popolizio); his filmmaker mother (Manuela Mandracchia); a brash gun-shop clerk (Giorgio Montanini) and many others, The Predators goes to absurd lengths to reveal harsh, hilarious truths about class structure in contemporary Italy. 2020 | Black Comedy | 109 min | Dir. Pietro Castellitto
It must be challenging to carry the name of your undisputed genius grandfather Roberto Rossellini “...you’re expected to be cultured and creative by nature.” Alessandro is the first grandson of the great director, and understandably he doesn’t feel he is living up to his surname, in fact, he perceives that the entire multi-ethnic clan suffer a chronic state of insecurity called “Rossellinitis”. So at age 55, he embarks on making a filmto explore what it means to be a ‘Rossellini’. A kind of ironic, self-conscious, often hilarious piece of cinema as therapy. Alessandro’s approach often elicits hostility, and suddenly what seems like self-indulgence shines a light on the family disconnect. It is fascinating hearing Isabella Rossellini tell of the weighty and expensive birthright that her name carries. A superbly entertaining peek behind the curtain and through generations of the personal legacy left by a true giant of cinema. - Paolo Rotondo
Show Me Shorts in collaboration with Kyiv International Short Film Festival (KISFF) presents a collection of short films from top Ukrainian filmmakers. These screenings are fundraising events for the people of Ukraine who are currently under attack. All proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will be transferred to KISFF (using Wise funds transfer) for distribution by them to humanitarian funds within Ukraine.
In Piemonte in northern Italy, a rare wild white truffle is valued for its exceptional flavour. Truffles can’t be grown commercially or farmed, and consequently, the best ones are incredibly valuable. But this is the story of the talented, eccentric, lovable people that possess the age-old skills and knowledge to find these elusive fungi. We are immersed deep into the process, from digging to the dinner table, and what makes this film such a festival favourite are the real life characters that dedicate their lives to the hunt. The truffle hunters’ world is convoluted and political. They squabble among themselves, bargain, pray, curse, and devote themselves to the truffle in a fanatical way. In a world that seems dominated by progress and technology, The Truffle Hunters is a refreshing reprieve. Here nature, dogs, the community, and passion are celebrated with an unassuming charm that will leave you happier. - Paolo Rotondo Awards/Premi Winner/Winner ASC Award, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated/Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival Nominated/Documentary of the Year, Cinema Eye Honors “A strange, funny, mysterious and rather beautiful film... It’s a film to leave you with a smile on your face” Peter Bradshaw. - The Guardian
VATICAN MUSEUMS 3D, a SKY production in collaboration with the Vatican Museums Directorate, for the very first time brings Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, to show the masterpieces in these collections as they have never been seen before. Thanks to a unique mix of native 3D and the most advanced dimensional techniques used in cinema by directors such as James Cameron and Tim Burton, audiences can immerse themselves in the great masterpieces of art history: “enter” the paintings of Caravaggio and, with unprecedented realism, touch Laocoön and the Belvedere Torso, and feel swathed by the figures in the Sistine Chapel that have never seemed so real before. Director of the Vatican Museums, Professor Antonio Paolucci, expertly leads us through the past, present and future of the Vatican Museums. From the masterpieces of classic statues to the Cast of Michelangelo’s Pietà, right up to Fontana’s modern sculptures; from paintings by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio to those by Van Gogh, Chagall and Dalì; from the extraordinary frescos in the Rooms of Raphael, such as “The School of Athens” to the spectacular masterpieces by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel such as the “Creation of Adam” and the majestic “Last Judgment”.
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Fanny Ardant, Melvil Poupaud and Cécile de France star in THE YOUNG LOVERS, Carine Tardieu's eagerly anticipated follow-up to Just To Be Sure, a modern and nuanced romantic drama about a woman who embarks on an affair with a younger man. Elegant, retired architect Shauna (Ardant) crosses paths with Pierre (Poupaud), a happily married doctor in his 40s, who first made an impression on her in a brief meeting 15 years previously. Both are quite troubled to meet again and begin an affair. While Pierre’s family life is soon turned upside down, Shauna struggles with feelings she thought belonged to the past.
Featuring a tremendous ensemble cast, the new drama from award-winning writer/ director, Nanni Moretti traces the disparate lives of three families who reside in the same apartment block in Rome′s stylish Prati neighbourhood. On the first floor, a young couple (Riccardo Scamarcio & Elena Lietti) grapple with suspicion about their elderly neighbour. On the second, a mother (Alba Rohrwacher, also in The Ties) of two children fights loneliness and the spectre of madness in the absence of her inattentive, always-at-work husband. And finally on the third, a retired judge (Margherita Buy) looks back on her past with her husband (Moretti), as they deal with their troubled twenty- year-old son. As these stories begin to entwine, the ethical and moral choices each resident makes will trigger life-changing repercussions, setting the course for their next decade and future beyond. 2021 | Drama | 119 min | Dir. Nanni Moretti
In this comedy hit set in Rome, Marco Giallini (Perfect Strangers, God Willing), Vincenzo Salemme and Giuseppe Battiston star as three friends and brothers-in-law, Arturo, Antonio and Sergio, confronted with the same problem. The men’s happy and peaceful life is upended when they learn who their daughters are dating. Valentina, after leaving her fiancé on their wedding day, is now dating the free-spirited girl Alex; Marta’s boyfriend Simone, is a troubled and reckless rapper, and Sara is ready to leave for the US with Luigi, Sergio’s former womanising schoolmate. Furious with the three girls and convinced that their partners are completely unfit for such perfect daughters, Arturo, Antonio and Sergio decide to join forces and do whatever it takes in order to hinder their relationships. A hilarious comedy from director Rolando Ravello (screenwriter of smash hit Perfect Strangers) Three Perfect Daughters combines laugh-out-loud gags with social criticism to produce an entertaining tale of father daughter relationships. 2020 | Comedy | 96 min | Dir. Rolando Ravello
Crowned Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg Film Festival 2021, TIGERS is based on the enthralling true story of a young Swedish football prodigy who's plunged into the seductive and cut-throat industry of global professional sport. Martin Bengtsson is considered Sweden’s most promising football talent since Zlatan Ibrahimović. At sixteen, his lifelong dream comes true: he is bought by the prestigious Italian club Inter Milan. He steps into a world where performance is key and the rules non-negotiable. It’s the chance of a lifetime - but Martin begins to question whether it's actually the life he yearned for...
Marco (Accorsi), and Anita (Serena Rossi) discover that they are expecting a child. It is welcome news for Marco following the loss of Leo, his first born son with former wife Clara. But the sudden arrival of the mysterious Perla (Valeria Golino) – the new owner of Marco and Clara’s old house – disrupts all of their lives. She claims to feel a strange presence and hear the voice of a child in the house, and Marco soon finds himself caught between his tormented past and hopeful future. Based on the 2012 novel by Cristopher Coake, director Stefano Mordini transposes the American ghost story to moody Venice in an engrossing drama about love, belief and the difficulty of letting go 2020 | Drama | 98 min | Dir. Stefano Mordini