Roberto Rossellini's delicate mediation of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, whom we follow from his immersion in religion to his attempts at melding spirituality with everyday life. Cowritten with Federico Fellini, this gentle film is structured as a series of simple vignettes that serve to convey St. Francis' universal teachings. | Read More
The turn-of-the-century voyage of a poor family from rural Sicily through the "golden door" of Ellis Island and into America is beautifully portrayed in this visually striking, emotionally resonant narrative. Charlotte Gainsbourg portrays the young bride in this new film by N.Y.U. graduate Crialese that was Italy's Oscar submission this year. In English and French. A Miramax release.
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In Paolo Virzì’s refined three-chapter tale, we begin at the end. Approaching a snowy night from three vastly different perspectives, the lives of two generations overlap as they tumble toward an ill-fated event that inextricably links them. Starring two of Italy’s leading actresses, Valeria Golino and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Human Capital twists love, class, and ambition into a singular, true-life story that exposes the consequences of valuing certain human lives over others. | Read MoreDrama and Relationships
Set against the backdrop of Naples, Italy, in 1950, Human Voice, based on the iconic Jean Cocteau play of the same name, tells the story of Angela (Sophia Loren), a woman in her twilight years, who rides the emotional roller coaster of her last telephone conversation with the man she loves as he is leaving her for another woman.
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A well-meaning Cristiano spends days searching for just the right present for his love. Finally, he happens upon the perfect restuarant and books a table for the night. Fastforward to the evening of his lover's birthday. Everything is going smoothly until destiny unexpectedly knocks on his door and takes him for a jolting ride. | Read MoreDrama
Gil Rossellini (son of Italian filmmaker Roberto and brother of actress Isabella) documents his battle with a rare and devastating bacterial infection, which left him a paraplegic. Shot in a charmingly low-tech, off-the-cuff manner, Kill Gil (Volume 1) conveys a tremendous sense of hope and perseverance, while avoiding pat feelings of pity and morbidity. In English. | Read MoreDocumentary
This whimsical black-and-white film essay explores the Tuscan landscape and the relationship between tradition, modernity and food. Through shimmering, hand-processed, window-framed ruminations, time passes in licks of light, while a storm gathers and a woman makes pasta by hand. | Read MoreDocumentary
Benedetta is a 14-year-old school girl, and like many girls her age, she is prone to day dreams. In Benedetta's case she sits around and dreams of Prince Charming. Instead of facing life and meeting real boys, she prefers to make up a perfect world existing only in her room. Then one day Beniamino, a schoolmate of hers, starts attracting her attention. Thus begins a love story as simple and troubled as love is between teenagers. | Read More
Ferzan Ozpetek (Facing Windows, A Perfect Day) sets this playful family comedy in the picturesque city of Lecce in the deep south of Italy. Tommaso, a reluctant soon-to-be-partner in his wealthy family's pasta business, has plans to come out—and hopefully get out of his family obligation. But when his plans are thwarted by his brother, Tommaso gets stuck on the path that he was desperately trying to avoid. | Read More