The strangeness by Roberto Andò, with Toni Servillo, Salvo Ficarra, Valentino Picone (Comedy, Italy, 103′). It is 1920, the year in which Luigi Pirandello, during a trip to Sicily, meets Onofrio Principato and Sebastiano Vella, two actors who are rehearsing a new show with the actors of their amateur dramatics. The encounter between the brilliant author and the two amateurs will bring great surprises. A cultured, even learned cinema, of exquisite workmanship, slow to anger and full of grace, metalinguistic, always literate and often literary: Pirandello and amateur dramatics, the author and the amateurs, parallel convergences of the same art, with the benefit of invention rather than inventory.
Triangle of Sadness by Ruben Östlund, with Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean Kriek (Satirical, Sweden, 149′). A celebrity model couple is invited on a luxury cruise for the super-rich. The yacht – whose captain is a rabid Marxist – sinks, leaving the two stranded on a desert island with a group of billionaires and a cleaning lady. The resulting struggle for survival will overturn the pre-existing hierarchy and change the dynamic of the group: the cleaning lady rises to the top of the food chain because she is the only one who can cook. Palme d’Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
Amsterdam by David O. Russell, with Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, David John Washington (Comedy-Crime, USA, 134′). Thirties. Three best friends, the doctor Burt, the nurse Valerie and the lawyer Harold, are witnesses of a murder, but in spite of themselves they will find themselves suspects and at the center of one of the most shocking secret conspiracies in American history. A mess that once again reveals the most uncontrolled and uncontrollable side of a wavering and inconstant director, who despite his reputation is still capable of attracting an incredible number of stars (there are Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Taylor Swift).
I am the abyss by Donato Carrisi, with Michela Cescon, Gabriel Montesi, Lidiya Liberman (Thriller, Italy). The Cleaner thinks you can make a lot of secrets out of trash. Why people tend to lie; trash, on the other hand, never lies. The Cleaner thought he was invisible until he met the Girl with the Purple Tuft. The Little Girl with the Purple Tuft breaks into her orderly life because only an evil angel can save her now. Meanwhile, the Slayer knows that someone is out there killing the blond-haired women. Even if no one believes her, she knows it. What she doesn’t know, however, is that there is something evil hiding behind the green door. The truth lies at the bottom of a dark and very deep abyss.
Miracle – Story of crossed destinies by Bogdan George Apetri, with Ioana Bugarin, Emanuel Parvu, Cezar Antal (Drama, Romania-Czech Republic-Latvia, 118′). A young nun sneaks out of the monastery to attend to an urgent matter, but she never returns. A police detective in charge of the investigation uncovers clues and revelations that lead not only to the truth, but also to a miracle. Well written and equally acted, he proceeds with his feet firmly planted on the ground, he discusses the aporia of religion, except to leave for the transcendental tangent: the tension is Bressonian and the sociological detection, moreover, anthropological. Winner of the prize of the Interreligious Jury at the Tertio Millennio for “the courage in the directing choices and for the originality in dealing with the theme of spirituality in an increasingly secularized world”.
The talent of Mr. Crocodile by Josh Gordon, Will Speck, with the voice of Luigi Strangis, Javier Bardem, Constance Wu (Animation-Adventure-Musical, USA, 106′). When the Primm family moves to New York, young son Josh struggles to adjust to new school and new friends. Everything changes when he discovers Lyle, a singing crocodile who loves baths, caviar, great music and who lives in the attic of his new house. The two become fast friends, but when Lyle’s existence is threatened by evil neighbor Mr. Grumps, the Primms must team up with Lyle’s charismatic owner, Hector P. Valenti, to prove to the world that family can be found even in difficult situations. unexpected surprises and that there’s nothing wrong with a big singing crocodile with an even bigger personality.
Dampyr by Riccardo Chemello, with Wade Briggs, Stuart Martin, Frida Gustavsson (Cinecomic, Italy). It’s the 1990s and a cruel war is underway in the Balkans. Soldiers led by Kurjak are tasked with holding post in the country of Yorvolak, but are slaughtered by mysterious bloodthirsty supernatural assassins. Harlan Draka is called for help, a con man who goes around the villages practicing false exorcisms and posing as a Dampyr, a vampire killer. Soon Harlan will discover that he really is a Dampyr, as the son of a human and a Master of the Night. And, with the help of Kurjak and a rebel vampire, he will wage a violent battle to defeat the forces of evil. From the comic of the same name created by Mauro Boselli and Maurizio Colombo and published by Bonelli,
Tonight tell me about Africa by Carolina Boco and Luca La Vopa, with Roberta Mastromichele, Corrado Fortuna, Diane Fleri (Drama, Italy). Two very different women meet against the backdrop of the magic and contradictions of sub-Saharan Africa. Emma, a lawyer experiencing a deep personal crisis, decides to take a break by leaving for Africa. The young Nuri, on the other hand, caught between the rigid moral codes of the Muslim family from which she comes, nourishes the desire to discover what is outside her world. The two will come into contact with a group of activists engaged in the fight against elephant poaching, including the charming and mysterious Dylan and Finn, a young man with a stormy past. Emma and Nuri will come to terms with their inner ghosts and discover their own path, following it without regrets.
Bankruptcy by Scott Mann, with Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner, Jeffrey Dean Morga (Thriller, GB-USA, 107′). After Dan dies while climbing the Rockies, girlfriend Becky and her friend Hunter decide to scale a 2,300-foot-high transmission tower to scatter its ashes from the summit. But once they reach the top, they find themselves stranded with no way down. There is only desert around them and there is no way to call for help. The only choice is to fight for survival, even if everything is against them. Blesses Stephen King: “I wish I had written that.”
The prince of Melchiorre Gioia by Andrea Castoldi, with Silvio Cavallo, Valeria Bonalume, Marco Stefano Speziali (Comedy, Italy, 87′). At the end of the 90s, Via Melchiorre Gioia was the street of cheap nocturnal perdition, but above all it was the area of the Prince, a real character, whose “useless” story inspired Castoldi. The Prince, almost every evening, arrives there by bus from the suburbs to start his good nights. A nightlife dotted with unlikely characters like him. The story alternates between two timelines: 1998 and today, where the Prince is a fifty-year-old, unemployed and suffering from chronic listlessness, who gets busy without too much effort with chores that lead him to the places and memories of the revelry of the past. In a society founded on objectives to be achieved and results to be obtained, ours is a predestined anti-hero. A professional of defeat.
Friends for life by Pierluigi Di Lallo, with Filippo Laganà, Massimo Ghini, Nancy Brill (Drama, Italy, 81′). Filippo is a twenty-year-old full of life and plans for the future. His life changes when, during a vacation in the United States, he is seized by severe abdominal pains which force him to return to Italy immediately. He is urgently hospitalized and the doctors’ response leaves no doubt: a liver transplant is needed. This is the beginning of an odyssey that will lead Filippo to make important decisions and to put aside his passions. But, thanks to his will to live and the deep bond with his parents, he manages to face this difficult situation with a smile. From a true story.
The Grand Bolero by Gabriele Fabbro, with Lidia Vitale, Ludovica Mancini, Marcello Mariani (Thriller, Italy, 90′). Roxanne, a rugged middle-aged pipe organ restorer, tries to control her obsessive attraction to Lucia, her mysterious new silent young assistant. Set during the first lockdown, the film gives voice to the fear of “contact” that each of us has experienced, in one way or another, during the pandemic. A romantic thriller set in northern Italy during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Coldplay Live Broadcast From Buenos Aires (Film-concert, USA). A special event on the occasion of the spectacular Music of the Spheres World Tour live from the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires. The worldwide simultaneous event will offer fans from all over the world the chance to experience Coldplay’s acclaimed live concert, which has won rave reviews from fans and critics alike: The Guardian called it “genuinely stunning”, the The New York Post called it “a history book night” and the Glasgow Evening Times called it “the greatest show on Earth”.
Cut – Zombies against zombies by Michel Hazanavicius, with Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, Grégory Gadebois (Comedy, France, 110′). On the set of a Z movie, everything turns to disaster. Surrounded by jaded technicians and disinterested actors, the director seems to be the only person with the energy to bring another low-budget zombie film to life. But as they prepare to shoot a particularly uninspiring scene, they are horrified by the arrival of the real undead. Metacinematographic remake of the Japanese Zombies vs Zombies – One Cut of the Deada flood of rubbish, limbs and severed heads, hatchets and vomit, the praise of creativity and chaos, which from a “technical” point of view will add little to the original, but which knows how to give moments of contagious hilarity.
Time is Up 2 by Elisa Amoruso, with Bella Thorne, Benjamin Mascolo (Romantic, Italy). FIRST VIDEOS. Sequel to last year’s film, it returns to tell the love story between Vivien and Roy. In real life, however, the two interpreters broke up.
Beyond the universe by Diego Freitas, with Henrique Zaga, Giulia Be, João Miguel (Romantic comedy, Brazil, 126′). NETFLIX. The talented pianist Nina must overcome the difficulties of lupus, an autoimmune disease that can attack any organ, in her case the kidneys. The young woman discovers with surprise the strong bond that unites her to Gabriel, one of the doctors who takes care of her and who will help her overcome her insecurity as she faces the challenge of playing together with a huge orchestra on a stage in St. Paul.
Cici by Berkun Oya, with Fatih Artman, Sevval Balkan, Ayça Bingöl (Drama, Turkey, 151′). NETFLIX. A family moves to the city after a tragic loss. When they are reunited in their place of origin thirty years later, suppressed emotions and painful secrets come to the surface.
Nothing new on the western front by Edward Berger, with Daniel Brühl, Albrecht Schuch, Felix Kammerer (War, Germany-USA, 147′). NETFLIX. New version of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a masterpiece of antimilitarist literature, tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the front line in the West during the Great War. Paul and his fellow soldiers live firsthand as the initial euphoria of conflict turns to despair and fear as they fight for their lives and each other in the trenches.
Run Sweetheart Run by Shana Feste, with Ella Balinska, Pilou Asbæk, Shohreh Aghdashloo (Horror, USA, 97′). FIRST VIDEOS. When a blind date turns violent, a woman attempts to return home to Los Angeles. But the man continues to follow her.