Four features and seven shorts from across contemporary Italian cinema. Info
In addition to Tuesday's 72-minute shorts program, which that collects seven live-action and animated comedies and dramas alike (all eligible for a coveted audience favorite award), the three-day local edition of the Italian Film Festival USA will also premiere four new feature films by burgeoning talents native to Italy. Perhaps most notable among them is opening night selection Resin (2017) by writer-director Renzo Carbonera, who will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.
A tribute to the rich musical heritage and mountain songs of the Alps, Resin follows a young virtuosic cellist (Maria Roveran) who's exhausted from the competitive rigor of industry performances in Europe, as she returns to her rural home to care for ailing family members. During the course of her stay, she happens upon the bohemian members of the local male choir, and finds personal resolve in helping them sustain their tradition while embracing the tenets and lessons of her prior career. An initial glimpse of this intimate drama suggests a more veritable, relatable narrative outline of something like Paolo Sorrentino's Youth (2015).
The festival's other features are Edoardo De Angelis' The Vice Of Hope (2018), which premiered at TIFF last fall, about the lawlessness of the Castel Volturno region outside Naples; Francesco Falaschi's culinary comedy, As Needed (2018), about the friendship between a contentious cooking instructor (Vinicio Marchioni) and his star apprentice (Luigi Fedele); and Roberto Andò's winding thriller The Stolen Caravaggio (2018), about a screenwriter (Micaela Ramazzotti) stumped with writer's block who's mysteriously gifted a thread of the true story involving "The Nativity" from the titular 17th century painter. —Grant Phipps