The Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University, in collaboration with the association ARTISTIC SOUL (Rome) will present "Italy on Screen Today," Edizione IV, to promote Italian contemporary cinema. The program will include recently produced Italian films ( all with English subtitles ) with remarks and introductions.
WANG CENTER THEATRE
Free and Open to the Public
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019
BANGLA, US Première
Phaim is a young Muslim from Bangladesh. He lives with his family in Torpignattara, a multiethnic neighborhood of Rome. He works as a steward in a museum, and is the frontman of a rock group. During a concert Phaim meets Asia: she is his exact opposite, pure instinct, no rules. A sudden attraction happens between the two, and Phaim will need to understand how to reconcile his love for Asia with the most unbreakable rule of Islam: no sex before the wedding night.
VIVERE, NY Première
Luca, a frustrated freelance journalist and a creative developer of fake news, struggles to support Susi, a ballerina who is now reduced to teaching ballet to overweight women. He lives in a liberty villa with his well-to-do mother and under the aegis of his grandfather, a powerful man of the law. As an au pair, Mary Ann, an Irish catholic student of Arts, breaks into the family like a sparkle.
ON MY SKIN
The account of the last days of Stefano Cucchi’s life, the visual narration of a week that changed the life of his family forever. Stefano died in Police custody in the early hours of October 22, 2009: in the seven days between his arrest and his death, he came into contact with 140 people: carabinieri, judges, agents of the penitentiary police, doctors, and nurses. On November 15, 2019, two Carabinieri officers were declared guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Stefano Cucchi, in a harrowing case of Police brutality that shocked Italy and the world.
*Trigger Warning:* this movie contains scenes violent in nature
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019
THE MAGIC FLUTE AT PIAZZA VITTORIO, NY Première
A musical fairy tale, dreamed in a magic place in the heart of Rome, Piazza Vittorio, the gardens of which at closing time are places where everything can happen (and where everything actually happens). Piazza Vittorio is also the place that witnessed the birth of the Orchestra bearing the same name; the orchestra and its piazza conjure in creating an overwhelming multi-language, multi-form representation, filled with spirituality and humanity...
MY BROTHER CHASE DINOSAURUS, US Première
Jack has a brother, Giò, affected by Down syndrome. As a child, Jack believed that Giò was a special being with superpowers, as in a comic book. Now that he is about to go to high school, however, Jack no longer believes that his brother is a superhero. In fact he is almost ashamed of him, especially since he met Arianna, his first love. However, with his straight ways, his unique point of view, and his simple but surprisingly wise words, Giò will teach his brother that in order to be loved as you are, one must be able to love everyone despite their faults.
THE MAYOR OF RIONE SANITÀ, US Première
The protagonist, Antonio Barracano, is a “man of honor,” who distinguishes between “decent people and scoundrels;” around him flourishes a fierce, ambiguous and pained humanity, where good and evil confront each other in every character, where the two cities people always speak about in Naples (the legal and the criminal) clash in a battle that neither can win.
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