Giuseppe Patroni Griffi – Il mare (1963)

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Tourist season has not yet begun. Capri is deserted and the sky is sadly grey. An actor arrives. He’s waiting for a woman who won’t come. In the meanwhile he’s having a strange relationship with a young alcoholic man who even tries to kill him; he’s bored, with no ideals, strong and weak at the same time. The two men are shaping a strange friendship, or at least they try, until a woman comes on the isle.
“In this movie words are used in a way different from usual. When they talk to each other, the three leading actors talk about ordinary things, not about their relationship. They never talk about their feelings. The story is sombre, as it’s filled with missed attractions and hidden feelings. The actors express themselves with moves, gestures and their contribution is fundamental for that. Only good actors can do that” (Patroni Griffi) Continue reading

Piero Messina – L’attesa AKA The Wait (2015)

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In the vast rooms of an ancient villa marked by the passing of time, Anna, following an unexpected bereavement, spends her days in solitude. The rugged and beautiful Sicilian countryside surrounds the house, isolating it whilst the fog, which slowly rises up the slopes of Etna, obstructs the view into the distance. Only the footsteps of Pietro, the handyman, break the silence. Unexpectedly, Jeanne arrives, a young woman who says she is the girlfriend of Anna’s son, Giuseppe. He has invited her spend a few days’ holiday together. Anna is unaware of Jeanne’s existence. And Giuseppe is not there. But all of his things are in his room. Soon he will be back, says Anna, unable to reveal the unspeakable truth. As the days go by, the two women slowly get to know each other and together they begin waiting for Easter Day, when Giuseppe will finally come home and there will be a great traditional procession in the village. Continue reading

Claudio Cupellini – Alaska (2015)

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Fausto and Nadine meet for the first time in an hotel in Paris. They both are fragile, alone and obsessed with an unreachable desire of happiness. Fausto is an Italian man who moved to France and is working as a waiter hoping to find success, but in vain. Nadine is a young and beautiful french girl. They will fall in love with each other and suffer together for their fate. Continue reading

Davide Manuli – Beket (2008)

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Freak and Jajà are in a place with no date and time. A no man’s world. The earth is no longer inhabited by man, but on rare occasions a strange survivor or two will appear. The two protagonists who have never met, meet at Bus stop in the middle of nowhere. The Bus arrives but doesn’t stop, it was the Bus that was going to GODOT, the God which manifested itself through a musical sound on the other side of the mountain. So Freak and Jajà decide to look for him on foot, in this way embarking on a journey that will have them meet the bizarre characters living on this land. Unfortunately Freak and Jajà at the end of their journey… will meet up with death before reaching their God. Continue reading

Lamberto Sanfelice – Cloro AKA Chlorine (2015)

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Jenny is seventeen and dreams of becoming a champion synchronised swimmer, but her carefree adolescent life in Ostia, a coastal province of Rome, is shaken by the sudden death of her mother. With a sick father and a nine-year-old brother to look after, Jenny is forced to move to an isolated mountain settlement in the middle of Abruzzo. Soon, she begins to face up to and slowly bear the weight of these responsibilities, while at the same time never quite losing sight of this desire to run (or indeed swim) in the direction of her dreams. Continue reading