Italian film showing today: Che vuoi che sia / What’s the Big Deal (Edoardo Leo, 2016)

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The Italian film, Che vuoi che sia (Edoardo Leo, 2016) (101 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 30th October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

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Il film di questa settimana è una divertente commedia non solo sulle insidie che si possono nascondere nell’uso di internet e dei social media ma anche su cosa si può essere disposti a fare per denaro. Claudio e Anna vorrebbero avere un figlio ma non possono permetterselo. Una sera, in un momento di sconforto, complice anche qualche bicchiere di troppo, Claudio posta in rete per scherzo un video in cui accusa gli utenti di internet di essere interessati solo al sesso, e lancia una sfida: se verrà raggiunta una certa cifra tramite crowdfunding, lui ed Anna metteranno in rete un loro video erotico. Al loro risveglio si rendono conto di quello che hanno fatto, ma ormai è troppo tardi: le offerte hanno già cominciato ad arrivare e aumentano rapidamente. A questo punto per Claudio e Anna nasce il dilemma: avranno il coraggio di mantenere la loro promessa?

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This is an entertaining and thought-provoking film about how internet and social media are dominating our lives and what some people are prepared to do for money. Claudio and Anna would like to have a child but cannot afford to. One night, when they are feeling particularly down, after a few glasses too many, Claudio posts a video in which he criticises internet users for only looking for sex thrills online, and he creates a crowdfunding challenge: if a certain amount is reached, he will post a video of he and his wife having sex. The next morning, they realize what they have done, but it’s too late: offers are already pouring in fast. Claudio and Anna soon face a big dilemma: will they have the nerve to keep their promise?

Italian film showing today: L’Onorevole Angelina / Angelina (Luigi Zampa, 1947)

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The Italian film, L’Onorevole Angelina / Angelina (Luigi Zampa, 1947) (90 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 23rd October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Sarah Procter. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

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Questo film è ambientato nel dopoguerra in una borgata di Roma. La protagonista, Angelina (Anna Magnani), diventa la paladina della gente del suo quartiere, dove si vive in condizioni pietose. Angelina, che è una donna irruente e senza peli sulla lingua, inizia un movimento di protesta contro le autorità quando lei e tutti gli altri abitanti del quartiere devono abbandonare le loro misere dimore dopo un’alluvione. È un film drammatico, ma anche a tratti comico, che racconta il suo viaggio personale in un contesto politico e sociale litigioso. Il suo innato senso di giustizia le crea problemi nella vita personale, soprattutto con suo marito che è poliziotto, ma la rende una persona da ammirare e seguire per le donne del popolo.

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The film is set just after World War II in a suburb of Rome. The protagonist, Angelina (Anna Magnani), becomes a champion of the people of her neighbourhood, where living conditions are truly miserable. Angelina is outspoken and fiery, and she ends up starting a protest movement against the authorities when she and all the other residents of the area are forced to abandon their meagre homes after a flood. The film is a drama that incorporates some comedic moments and tells the story of Angelina’s personal journey in the contentious political and social context of the time. Her innate sense of justice creates problems in her personal life too, above all with her husband who is a police officer, but it also turns her into a figure for the women of her neighbourhood to admire and follow.

Italian film showing today: La bella società (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2010)

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The Italian film, La bella società (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2010) (100 minutes, Italian subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 16th October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

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La storia inizia negli anni ’50 in un luogo sperduto e desolato della Sicilia e finisce negli anni ’80 nel Piemonte operaio segnato dalle proteste studenteche. Il film racconta la storia di due fratelli sullo sfondo di un periodo storico caratterizzato da profondi cambiamenti. È un po’ come un giallo non solo perché è pieno di momenti di suspense ma anche perché le molte cose che succedono ai due protagonisti sono in apparenza misteriose. È un film con bellissimi paesaggi ed inquadratue stupende che ci dipinge un ambiente sociale caratterizzato da rapporti basati su ‘cose mai dette’ o ‘cose dette a metà’. Succedono molte cose ma una cosa è certa: due uomini, che i due fratelli conoscono bene, spariscono nel nulla e per capire perché bisogna vedere il film.

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This film follows the lives of two brothers from their childhood in the 1950s to when they are adults in the 1980s. It starts off in a desolate area of Sicily and ends up in the world of student and workers’ demonstrations in Turin. The changes that are occurring in Italy at this time are, however, only the backdrop, since the film is a bit like a mystery or a “whodunit” story because we, like the protagonists, don’t always immediately understand what is happening. The beautiful scenery, clever close-ups and rather skillful depiction of a society where many things are never spoken of or, if they are, they are only half uttered, makes this film mysterious and appealing. One thing we do know is that two men known to the brothers disappear and we will want to find out why.

New Italian film season starts today: Veloce come il vento (Matteo Rovere, 2016)

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The Italian film, Veloce come il vento (Matteo Rovere, 2016 – 114 min) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 9th October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

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Il primo film di questa rassegna è una storia familiare complessa e drammatica ambientata nel mondo delle corse automobilistiche. I protagonisti sono due fratelli di Imola, Emilia Romagna: Giulia a soli 17 anni partecipa al Campionato GT sotto la guida di suo padre; suo fratello, Loris, molto più grande di lei, era una volta campione di rally ma adesso è tossicodipendente. I due, che non si vedevano da 10 anni, si riavvicinano dopo la morte improvvisa del padre. Il film è un susseguirsi di eventi drammatici, corse su piste ed inseguimenti per le strade di Imola, ma non è un tipico film del mondo dello sport: è un bel film su come possono essere difficili, ma anche molto gratificanti, i rapporti familiari.
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The first film of this season is the dramatic and complex story of a motor racing family. The protagonists are a sister and a brother from Imola in Emilia Romagna: Giulia is only 17 but is already taking part in GT races under the guidance of her father; her brother, Loris, who is much older than she, is a former rally champion but is now a drug addict. The two get to know each other again, after 10 years of separation, when their father suddenly dies. The film is exhilarating because it gives us plenty of dramatic moments, racing track scenes and car chases through the town of Imola. It is not, however, a typical sports film because it is mainly about family relationships and how rewarding they can be even when they are difficult.

Italian film showing today: La pazza gioia / Like Crazy (Paolo Virzì, 2016)

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The Italian film, La pazza gioia / Like Crazy (Paolo Virzì, 2016) (111 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 20th March 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. This is the last film of the season, so the discussion will take place over nibbles and drinks. You can bring some finger food or something to drink, but it is not a must because there is always plenty to go round. Read more…

Italian film showing today: Smetto quando voglio / I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Sidney Sibilia, 2014)

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The Italian film, Smetto quando voglio / I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Sidney Sibilia, 2014) (95 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 13th March 2017. Review, introduction and discussion via Skype by Dr Emilio Audissino (Postgraduate Research Student in Film at the University of Southampton). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

Italian film showing today: Nessuno mi può giudicare / Nobody Can Judge Me (Massimiliano Bruno, 2011)

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The Italian film, Nessuno mi può giudicare / Nobody Can Judge Me (Massimiliano Bruno, 2011) (93 minutes, Italian subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 6th March 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Anita Idigbo and Carla Ringland-Mendez (Final year BA Modern Languages students in Spanish, French and Italian). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

Italian film showing today: Caravaggio (Angelo Longoni, 2007)

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The Italian film, Caravaggio (Angelo Longoni, 2007) (129 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 27th February 2017. Review, introduction and discussion Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

Italian film showing today: Loro chi? / Them Who? (Francesco Micciché e Fabio Bonifacci, 2015)

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The Italian film, Loro chi? / Them Who? (Francesco Micciché e Fabio Bonifacci, 2015) (95 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 20th February 2017. Review, introduction and discussion Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on Vimeo. Read more…

Italian film showing today: I cento passi / One Hundred Steps (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2000)

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The Italian film, I cento passi / One Hundred Steps (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2000) (114 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 13th February 2017. Review, introduction and discussion Emanuela Venditti (Graduate from “Sapienza” University of Rome (Linguistics)). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…