November 18, 2016

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE PHILADELPHIA HOSTS NEW ITALIAN CINEMA DECEMBER 1-4, 2016

International House Philadelphia will host the 2016 edition of New Italian Cinema, a FREE ADMISSION film festival that runs from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4. Presented by the University of Pennsylvania's Cinema Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies, New Italian Cinema offers a diverse selection of 10 recently released dramas, comedies and award-winning feature films from Italy.  All films will be screened in the Ibrahim Theater at International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street. This film festival is made possible thanks to the support of New Italian Cinema Events (NICE). To learn more, visit http://ihousephilly.org/italian-cinema.  Here’s the complete schedule:

 

Don't Be Bad (Non Essere Cattivo)

Thursday, December 1

5:30pm

 

Best friends Cesare (Luca Marinelli) and Vittorio (Alessandro Borghi), are two volatile young men from Ostia, a place where narrow employment opportunities lie between the building trades and dealing drugs. The late cult director Claudio Caligari (Toxic Love, The Scent of Night) creates a searing portrait of friendship between men who consider themselves brothers. Set in the very town where Paolo Pasolini gave life to his characters in all their suffering, this Pasolini-esque drama follows Cesare and Vittorio as they snort, drink, and rut their days away.

 

Them Who? (Loro chi?)

Thursday, December 1

8:30pm

 

David is 36 and still dreams of becoming a novelist while working in a household products company as communication manager. Marcello is a clever trickster who swindles David and steals everything he has, ruining his life. David loses his money, his car, his girlfriend and gets fired from his job. With his life turned upside down, David decides to run after Marcello but, when he finally finds him, instead of pursuing his revenge, he is fascinated by Marcello’s lifestyle and the two pair up. This odd couple, between quarrels and complicity, find hilarious and unpredictable adventures. 

 

Somewhere Amazing (In un Posto Bellissimo)

Friday, December 2

5:30pm

 

A beauteous depiction of a woman’s life and gradual liberation. Lucia has long been married to Andrea and is fully occupied by raising their son and her work in a flower shop. But everything is turned on its head when she discovers that Andrea has betrayed her. Official Selection, 2016 Göteborg Film Festival.

 

Latin Lover

Friday, December 2

8:30pm

 

Francesco Scianna plays a dashing fictional film idol, who has been dead for 10 years but still exerts a powerful magnetism. In this Italian comedy, the women in his life gather in his hometown for a memorial service and reunion attended by his two wives, Ramona (Marisa Paredes) and Rita (Virna Lisi, in her final screen appearance) and assorted offspring. Winner of the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon. Directed by Cristina Comencini, whose 2005 film, Don't Tell, was an Oscar-nominee for Best Foreign Film.

 

Best Enemies Forever ((Nemiche Per La Pelle)

Saturday, December 3

3pm

 

What would happen if two eternal foes—women with different lifestyles and characters—had to share the most incredible inheritance: their ex-husband Paolo’s son, conceived with a stranger no longer in the picture? Luca Lucini’s Best Enemies Forever offers a charming answer. This buoyant comedy stars Margherita Buy as Lucia, an animal psychologist, and Claudia Gerini as Fabiola, a driven real estate developer, the ex-wives who never stopped competing for Paolo’s love and affection. 

 

Alaska

Saturday, December 3

5:30pm

 

Nadine (Astrid Bergès Frisbey) is an aspiring model, a beautiful young French woman, determined to break into the Paris fashion scene. Fausto (Elio Germano), a bold Italian, is trying to make it in Paris as a hotel waiter. They meet, serendipitously, when they sneak out onto the roof of the hotel for a cigarette. From their first encounter, Fausto and Nadine recognize each other: fragile, alone, and obsessed with proving their worth, hopeful that one day, life will offer them something better than the marginal existence they have inherited. Director Claudio Cupellini creates memorable characters in these two people who possess nothing, except for their bodies and the chemistry that ignites between them. The choice between a great love and the seductions of the world are explored with nuance in this passionate story of lovers who discover that they are each other’s home.

 

They Call Me Jeeg Robot (Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot)

Saturday, December 3

8:30pm

 

Enzo, a lonely and misanthropic small time crook, uses the superpowers he gained after falling in the Tiber river, to chase down a crazy gangster called "The gypsy." This award-winning sci-fi action fantasy was directed by Gabriele Mainetti, who was named Best New Director at the 2016 David di Donatello Awards. (Italian with English subtitles).

 

The Invisible Player (Il Giocatore Invisibile)

Sunday, December 4

3pm


Director Stefano Alpini’s riveting drama (and first narrative feature), is based on the novel of the same name by Giuseppe Pontiggia. Professor Nari is an eminent university professor in Pisa slandered by a mysterious anonymous letter “accusing” him of making a banal error in an article about betrayal. Enhanced by Pisa’s beauty and a driving sound score, this taut narrative effectively demonstrates how an accusation can trap a man in the mystery of his own mind. 

 

Sunday, December 4 at 5:30pm

The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles (Noi e la Giulia)

Sunday, December 4

5:30pm

 

A tragic comedy based on the book Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles by Fabio Bartolomei that tells the tale of three 40-year-olds fleeing their own failure and united in the project of creating a rustic B&B in the hinterland east of Naples. The Giulia 1300 Alfa Romeo of the title is the car of a mobster who comes to ask for protection money on the trio’s increasingly successful business, accompanied by a young and eccentric pregnant girl. 

 

Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia)

Sunday, December 4

8:30pm

 

Donatella and Beatrice reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany. They have very different life stories, but a chance to escape brings them together in an adventure that will change their lives forever and will help them realize the beauty in imperfection. Director Paolo Virzì’s comic drama tells the story of the women's unpredictable friendship and their hilarious yet moving escape from the hospital as they look for their share of happiness.