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After the War (Dopo la guerra)
Thu, Nov 9 9:00 PM (93 min)
Bologna 2002. The murder of a professor reopens old political wounds, as Marco (Giuseppe Battiston), a far left-wing activist and convicted terrorist who long ago fled Italy for asylum in France, is suspected of ordering the killing. Now, the authorities request his extradition, forcing Marco to abandon his peaceful life as an intellectual in Paris and go on the run with his teenage daughter, Viola (Charlotte Cétaire). Two stories develop in parallel: Director Annarita Zambrano follows the vicissitudes of Marco and Viola’s flight to Lisbon, exploring the relationship between a father and a child torn between love for her cantankerous parent and her need for freedom. At the same time, the fugitive’s family faces consequences for his actions back home in Italy. Prosecutors
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At War for Love (In guerra per amore)
Sat, Nov 11 4:00 PM (99 min)
The year is 1943; the Allies are preparing to invade Southern Italy and loosen Mussolini’s fascist hold on the country. Meanwhile, a bumbling waiter named Arturo (Pif) is in love with Flora (Miriam Leone), his employer ’s niece. She’s being married off to a Mafia chieftain’s son unless Arturo can ask her father for her hand... only Dad lives in Sicily. So, our hapless hero joins the Army to find him, only to be recruited on a mission involving an MIA soldier carrying sensitive information in the region. Thus, begins a wild romp through WWII’s greatest hits, complete with cameos from FDR, Lucky Luciano, and
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Bozzetto non troppo (Bozzetto non troppo)
Sat, Nov 11 2:00 PM (75 min)
Be prepared to fall in love with the spry and humble Bruno Bozzetto, one of Italy’s most popular and influential animators. In Marco Bonfanti’s warm-hearted, intimate documentary Bozzetto non troppo, the engaging Bozzetto—best-known for the 1976 Fantasia-inspired Allegro non troppo—unfurls a welcome mat that invites us to observe every facet of his life. And what an engaging and vibrant world we enter; from hanging out with him at his kooky rural family home that is enlivened by a menagerie of animals Dr. Dolittle would covet to accompanying him as he visits his hip urban Milan studio and his team of dedicated animators. We also journey with
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Castro (Castro)
Thu, Nov 9 2:15 PM (86 min)
In the San Giovanni quarter of Rome, families and individuals live in close community in an old, decaying school building with tall ceilings and light. They illegally occupy every nook and cranny of the space they call “Castro,” while celebrating birthdays, watching each other’s children, feeding the building’s cat (also named Castro), and sharing other small but precious events. Paolo Civati deftly directs this documentary about the everyday lives of a rich cast of characters, all of whom know that their beloved building is destined for closure. Roberto, in his 70s, frequently calls for the cat, who regards Roberto with the unresponsive eyes of a sphinx. Claudio, a muscular man under house arrest, and Deborah, who wears his tattoos, are in love.
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Children of the Night (I figli della notte)
Fri, Nov 10 9:00 PM (85 min)
Boarding school can be a very scary place. Giulio (Vincenzo Crea), an introverted 17-year-old from a wealthy family, discovers just how menacing his elite alpine school is after being awakened in the middle of the night by older students in hockey masks. Daily life is rigid and acetic: The students only have access to cell phones for a few hours each day and the nearest town is 10 kilometers away. Giulio feels lonely after having been sent away by his busy mother, but his isolation is quickly ruptured by the energetic friendship of rebellious Edoardo (Ludovico Succio). Together, they form a deep bond
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Closing Night Party and Wine Tasting
Sun, Nov 12 8:30 PM (90 min)
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The Duel of Wine (Il duello del vino)
Sun, Nov 12 6:15 PM (95 min)
Notorious and charismatic sommelier Charlie Arturaola stars as himself in Nicholas Carreras’ hilarious Dionysian joy ride through the major wine regions of Italy, easily the funniest wine film since the merlot-bashing Sideways. When his palate mysteriously fails him, Arturaola is banned from the illustrious Duel of Wine competition and banished from the fiercely opinionated world of oenology. His uproarious quest to return to form involves both clever and idiotic schemes, among them ghost-tasting for a handsome but buffoonish friend. Carreras’ gleeful, stinging satire of the obsessive world of drinking and dining contests includes several luminaries from the wine world in on the joke. The United States gets playfully savaged as the capital
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First Try (La prima meta)
Fri, Nov 10 1:45 PM (76 min)
In this gripping and poignant documentary, director Enza Negroni takes us inside the Bologna correctional facility where inmates engage in an uncommon form of rehabilitation while serving out their sentences: rugby. The men of team Giallo Dozza, many of whom have never played the game before, submit to bouts of rigorous training and will brave any weather to prove their perseverance and drive while competing against veteran Italian rugby teams visiting from the outside. Their tough but big-hearted leader is Max, a coach whose lessons of endurance, discipline, mutual respect, and unity extend far beyond the field. For these inmates, the sport becomes a microcosm of life on the outside, and a reminder of the importance, just as in the game, to keep your head
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Fortunata (Fortunata)
Wed, Nov 8 9:10 PM (103 min)
Fortunata (Jasmine Trinca) is a young mother and self-employed hairdresser tenaciously pursuing her dream of opening her own salon and achieving economic independence in this drama set in contemporary Rome. Fortunata, whose name ironically means “Lucky,” is stuck in a toxic relationship with Franco (Edoardo Pesce), her abusive ex-husband. She is also mother to troubled eight-year-old Barbara (Nicole Centanni), whose behavioral problems have landed her in therapy with child psychologist Patrizio (Stefano Accorsi). Fortunata’s self-esteem is further tested by the draining and discouraging characters in her life, like her friend and future business partner, tattoo artist Chicano (Alessandro Borghi), who struggles with drug addiction while
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