100+ YEARS OF THE GREAT ITALIAN MOVIEMAKERS
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She studies cinema and television production at the Accademia Delle Belle Arti Di Napoli but even before enrolling, she was well on her way to becoming a gifted storyteller and filmmaker.
Born in Naples in 1996, Angela Bevilacqua knew early on that she had a passion for cinema and she didn’t waste any time exploring it. She made her first short film when she was just 17-years-old.
Il teatro dei ricordi (The Theater of Memories) stars Alessia Alciati and veteran French actor Jean Sorel who is known for his role opposite Claudia Cardinale in Luchino Visconti's 1965 Sandra. An ambitious first effort, the film premiered as a Special Event at the 2014 Giffoni Film Festival.
Il teatro dei ricordi is an enigmatic tale of a tormented woman looking for a temporary escape. The film opens in a dense forest as a young woman is walking around looking dazed and confused. She starts to run as if in a panic while a violin resounds. Shortly thereafter, she finds herself in an theater with the great Jean Sorel who introduces himself simply as the guardian. A series of flashbacks follow, which reveal the problems from which the young woman is trying to escape. Just when the film seems to be ending, the story takes an unexpected turn, making a shocking revelation.
Three years later, Bevilacqua published her first novel La Città del Vizio (The City of Vice), a thriller that explores a personification of the Seven Deadly Sins as they are misguided by the Devil to a supposed place of material and spiritual delight called, "The City of Vice.” But the city itself hides a secret that each and every resident finds out sooner or later. The book is similar to her debut film in that it deals with human nature and overcoming obstacles but with an eerie quality that sets the stage for a surreal atmosphere.
On the occasion of Federico Fellini’s 100th anniversary and in conjunction with Federico Fellini at 100, a series of centennial tributes co-presented by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive from January 16, 2020 through May 17, 2020, San Francisco will pay homage to the great Maestro with a selection of his works on March 7, 2020 at the Castro Theatre.
Alice Rohrwacher’s Le meraviglie (The Wonders) centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by a troubled teenage boy who is taken in as a farmhand while a reality TV show is intent on profiling them.
Set in Fellini’s Rome of the bizarre and misfits, this 1986 gem is a tender satire about two dancers, played by Giulietta Massina and Marcello Mastroianni, who made careers imitating Rogers and Astaire and are reunited on a tacky variety show. Mastroianni and Massina absolutely shine together.
One of the first films of the Neorealism film movement, Bitter Rice is a multi-layered story, which called on star Silvana Mangano's talent and sex appeal to portray a peasant girl who could manipulate anyone with her beauty. The story is set during the rice-planting season in northern Italy in the midst of Italy's economic challenges.
A modern fairy tale about a weightless man, Oscar comes to into the world on a stormy night, in the hospital of a small town and immediately we understand that there is something extraordinary about him. He floats in the air, hovers in the lightest room of a balloon as his mother and grandmother look on in amazement.
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