Monday, June 11, 2007

Italian Cinema in New York

Italophiles have lots of events to choose from right now in New York. Here's a sampling:

The New Italian Cinema series at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center is winding down but there are still a few shows left. For example:

Tuesday, June 12, 4:30
"Secret Journey"/"Viaggio Segreto"
Series: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
Director: Roberto Andò, Country: Italy, Release: 2006, Runtime: 103

Here's Lincoln Center's description of the movie:

"Alessio Boni — currently one of Italy’s busiest actors and star of Caravaggio — is Leo, a 40ish psychoanalyst who lives with his younger sister, Ale (Claudia Gerini). When Harold (the director Emir Kusturica), a famous and hugely successful artist, announces his intention to marry Ale — and as a wedding present, to buy back the family’s ancestral home –– Leo becomes desperate to prevent the transaction, returning to his native Sicily and confronting a past he had cut out of his life.

"As in director Robert Andò’s earlier films, there is a provocative layering of parallel stories in this film, freely adapted from the novel Reconstruction by Josephine Hart, as a steady build-up of action moves towards a dangerous conclusion."

Wednesday, June 13, 6:30PM
"Primo Levi’s Journey"/"La Strada di Levi"
Series: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
Director: Davide Ferrario, Country: Italy, Release: 2006, Runtime: 92

From Lincoln Center's Web site:

"Noted feature filmmaker Davide Ferrario has made this remarkable documentary, which retraces [Italian author] Primo Levi's protracted journey from Auschwitz in January 1945, being shunted from one European country to another until finally he was able to return home to Turin in October that year.

"Ferrario's revisiting of the places that Levi stayed gives us a revealing, insightful and extremely powerful picture of how Eastern European countries have been transformed in the post-Communist era....

"As such, Primo Levi's Journey is not just a historical portrait of a famous writer, but an incisive snapshot of modern Europe, beautifully constructed and thoughtfully filmed." — Adrian Wootton, London International Film Festival

Thursday, June 14, 4PM
"Dark Sea"/"Mare nero"
Series: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
Director: Roberta Torre, Release: 2006, Runtime: 83

"Robert Torre, whose earlier films (South Side Story, Angela) focused on Sicily, moves to Rome for this “red-light” thriller. Homicide detective Luca (Luigi Lo Cascio) is assigned to investigate a young woman’s murder.

"To the world, the woman, Valentina, was a hard-working student. Yet she had a hidden life that involved sex clubs and prostitution. Luca becomes obsessed with the victim and the demi monde she frequented. Under the guise of searching for the girl’s killer, Luca begins to lure his girlfriend, Veronica (Anna Mouglalis), into the world he’s only beginning to experience."


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