Claudia (Lucia Mascino) and Flavio (Thomas Trabacchi) shared an intense love story. But now it’s over, and whereas he is ready to start new relationships, she is unable to forget the past. In this neurotic sentimental comedy based on her novel, Francesca Comencini depicts the existential difficulty of a woman who is constantly dissatisfied. A to and fro between past and present, amour fou, self-irony, and inadequacy in the era of a shifting war between the sexes.
What is there, what happens, in their homelands before their desperate escapes on boats? Amin is Nigerian; he is ten years old. One day, the Boko Haram militia descend on his village and cause a massacre; Amin is able to flee with his older sister. This is the beginning of their odyssey, which will lead them to experiencing other kinds of violence, other gestures of solidarity, in the mirage of the coasts of Sicily. A docu-drama which has the depth of the tragedy, exemplary in the way it portrays the condition of the migrants and is able to go beyond news reports.
On the anniversary of Fassbinder’s birth, German television decides to produce a remake of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and the candidates for the male lead role appear one after another in front of an inflexible director who continues to reject them all even though filming is supposed to begin in a few days. Behind-the-scenes hopes and inadequacies, hysterics and illusions revolving around the frustrations of the supporting actor, who has agreed to play second fiddle for the candidates at the screen tests.
October 24, 2017: the anniversary of the defeat at Caporetto. This commemoration is the starting point for an affecting historical essay made of reminiscences, voices, biographies, visual documents. The reconstruction of a legendary event, to rediscover – through one hundred years of history – the spirit of a people who are capable of ruinous defeats but also of surprising redemption. Starring Massimo Zamboni (former USSR and CSI), Marco Paolini, Diana Hobel, the poet Franco Arminio and the cellist Mario Brunello.
The past resurfaces, slowly, painfully, when a woman returns to her family farm in Yorkshire after being gone for 15 years. Her authoritarian and ambiguous father has just died and her brother, confused and aggressive, is ruining everything, while creditors and landowners apply the pressure. A superheated and mysterious rural drama, dominated by a majestic landscape and the crescendo of clashing personalities, directed by the maker of The Arbor and The Selfish Giant.
May 1940: among much discord, Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain. He must make a historical decision: negotiate peace with the Nazis who are conquering Europe or opt for war (without the American allies). Passionate and tense, the film by Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina) recounts those days, the maneuvers fostering peace, the tireless efforts of Churchill and his collaborators, his humor, his speeches, his blazing encounter with the people. Gary Oldman is extraordinary.
The thousand different lives of Marianne Faithfull in a documentary by Sandrine Bonnaire which constructs an intimate dialogue despite Marianne’s reserved diffidence. A long interview and a myriad of archive material recount the career of one of the most fascinating and enigmatic women in pop culture. Her debut, drugs, movies, music, the Stones and the other men in a life made of moments of blinding light and absolute shadows. Humanity, femininity, culture and our entire recent past.
At his fifth film as a director, Stanley Tucci deals with the volatile genius of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti, his relationship with the American author James Lord, and the sittings for a portrait which were supposed to last a few days and ended up taking weeks. Based on the book written by Lord, the movie is dominated by a volcanic and chaotic Geoffrey Rush and also stars Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy and Tony Shalhoub. Self-destructive and caustic humor, an artist’s madness, irresistible dialogue.
The very bourgeois Lady Sandra sees her world crumble around her when she discovers that for years her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. She leaves everything behind and takes refuge with her sister Bif, an eccentric free spirit who drags her to a dancing school and presents her to her elderly, male dancing partner friends. A bittersweet comedy about the possibilities of starting over, about rediscovered affections, about an improbable but not impossible show. Directed by the maker of Richard III, with the icons of British cinema, Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie.
The artist Zefrey Throwell and his ex, Josephine Decker (one of the top names of new American indie cinema, who was given a tribute by Onde at TFF32 and starred in a “culinary” performance at the FSRR,) filmed salient moments of their relationship and their separation. The short film Madonna mia violenta generated a film which straddles documentary, performance and fiction, as, with overflowing energy, sly irony and affecting sincerity, it recounts the unstoppable power of love and life.