In this tasty mix of noir and comedy, a thirst for the genius of Italian winemakers transforms a shy bank clerk into a powerful wine writer, lothario and…possibly murderer.
Vincenzo Amato, Erika Blanc, Stefano Cassetti, Lambert Wilson
A luscious portrait of the great Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi (Elio Germano), from his days as the toast of Florentine literary circles to his death in the Neapolitan countryside.
Winner: Best Actor, David di Donatello Awards
Satirizing small-town life and politics while telling the touchingly comic story of friends at an impasse, this film follows two founders of a manufacturing cooperative who discover oil on their factory’s property. Noted Italian actors Luca Zingaretti and Pasquale Petrolo shine as the two co-op leaders while John Turturro brings an effortless comedic polish to his role as a consulting mining engineer from the US who arrives with dollar signs in his eyes.
Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights. This is not the fairy-tale world of Scheherazade or Aladdin, though. Instead, the director focuses on the book’s more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man’s quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl. Full of lustrous sets and costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality.
Arguably Bernardo Bertolucci’s most perfect film, this adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel is one of the most visually dazzling movies ever made (DP Vittorio Storaro went on to shoot Apocalypse Now and most of Bertolucci’s subsequent epics. Jean Louis Trintignant is the existential anti-hero, pressed into a political assassination by Mussolini’s security apparatus. w. Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clementi.
Visconti’s mid-70s drama stars Burt Lancaster as a retired American professor whose quiet life in a Roman palazzo is turned upside down when he rents out the upper floor to a vulgar marchesa and her companions, her lover, her daughter, and her daughter’s boyfriend.
With Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano
An epic tragicomedy from director Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), Love and Anarchy plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy (Giancarlo Giannini) sent to kill Mussolini. w Lina Polito, Mariangela Melato
Winner: Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival
"One of the screen’s great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s, hit Italy like a comic thunderbolt when it was released there in 1953 — and it struck the American art-house audience in much the same way when it premiered here in 1956. Now it returns, and unlike its five aging-boy protagonists, Fellini’s movie hasn’t lost its first youth." Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
w. Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi
See the movie that inspired George Lucas’s original Star Wars. Toshiro Mifune stars as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films, delivering Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity. 35mm print.
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Miguel Gomes’ (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August) astonishing three-volume, six-hour epic draws inspiration from the tales of Scheherazade (here played by Crista Alfaiate) and once again uses a fascinating combination of reality and fiction to comment on Portugal’s past, present and future. "There’s Bunuelian satire, lo-fi crime, Brechtian allegory, and high fantasy all in the mix. It’s dizzying stuff… a film that’s moving, sad, exciting, fiery, and funny." Indiewire
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Volume 2 – The Desolate One
The dramatic shifts in tone become even more pronounced with the second film’s slow-tempo opening chapter about an old man on the lam. In “The Tears of the Judge,” a public trial becomes a mockery, with the testimony implicating everyone in attendance. Finally, The Desolate One ends on an exhilarating note, with a supremely entertaining story about a dog named Dixie who’s passed between owners, familiarizing us with the inhabitants of a working-class apartment building.
Volume 3 – The Enchanted One
It’s here that the trilogy is both at its most playful and focused. Having escaped the palace of the king, Scheherazade explores a seaside landscape where she encounters, among others, a “wind genie” and a daft suitor. In this chapter, it’s as if the historical backdrop, the modern world and the disparate modes of storytelling collapse into one another. Movingly and unexpectedly, the last gesture of Arabian Nights is to scale back its scope and provide a disarmingly modest and poignant grace note on which one of contemporary cinema’s new masterpieces can close.
Reporting a potentially lethal crack in the wall of a crowded apartment block, plumber Dima quickly finds himself the victim of a Kafka-esque spiral of corruption and conspiracy. This scathing Russian satire is in a similar vein to Leviathan, another powerful critique of a country that seems to have lost its moral compass. “A distressing moral drama, gripping thriller and scathing sociopolitical portrait of Russia rolled into one.” Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
Kick off your New Year celebrations with the most outrageously entertaining movie of 2015. Academy Award nominee Wild Tales lives up to its name and then some, packing six absurdly taut, funny and emotionally-charged short films into its running time. The common theme is revenge, and it’s delivered with a wicked sense of humour and not a little venom. “The year’s most fearlessly funny film." Richard Corliss, Time
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Channeling the Dardenne brothers and reminiscent of their 1999 Palme d’Or winner Rosetta, documentarist turned feature filmmaker Emel Emine Balcı delves deep into blue collar Istanbul, in which Serap, a harried textile runner, struggles to get the attention of her estranged
Followed by a panel discussion.
irector Ömer Faruk Sorak, the mastermind behind the Turkish mainstream, fires on all cylinders with 8 Seconds – his most ambitious(and risqué) cinematic undertaking to date, drawing his inspiration (and screenplay) from its real-life protagonist, Esra Inal. Based on true events, the film chronicles her life – a free-spirited Turkish-German woman, constantly at grips with her conservative surroundings. Choosing escape over conformity, we bear witness to her dualistic nature as she starts having precognitive visions of a sage, (played by renowned writer/spiritualist Don Miguel Ruiz) ultimately serving as a catalyst to her visceral metamorphosis.
Set against an idyllic winterscape in the remote Turkish province of Kars, Snow Pirates is latecomer Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu’s debut feature that tells the story of three dreamers – Serhat, Gürbüz and İbo, who stick together scouring the bleak and freezing countryside for coal. It is
more the political climate however, in the wake of the 1980 Turkish military coup, that is responsible for the impending sense of gloom. In a time forbidden to dream, the exuberant trio continue their tireless search in the pursuit of happiness.
Short film program, curated by Müge Turan
Repeat screening of our opening Gala attraction. Not So Far Away tells the story of the forceful relocation of an infamous big-city tavern to hostile territory – a conservative, unwelcoming town by the name of Uzaklar (Far Away). As the vivacious and ever so hilarious ladies of the night settle in and set up shop, their antics are met with scorn and their business is boycotted by the determined townsfolk. Inspired by true events, we bear witness to a charming tale filled with tears and laughter; all unraveling through the eyes of young, light-hearted Yusuf, a shining star in this world of adults, all the while signifying the virtue of tolerance.
The passion to describe every moment of one’s life through images… Could it give the power to struggle against all kinds of obstacles to someone fascinated by cinema? Ahmet Uluçay, well-known by his idiosyncratic short films and his only feature film Boats out of Watermelon Rinds, had to face the fact that he had a brain tumor, and had his first operation 12 years ago. This documentary film, in accordance with Uluçay’s life between reality and dream, draws us from the half-lit corridors of a hospital to the village, to childhood and dreams, and into the world of a passionate cinéaste.