Back in January, the Italian Film Festival announced its lineup of films, and this weekend is the last weekend to enjoy some of them. Check out the schedule and make sure not to miss these movies.
Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 (Henry Ford College, Forfa Auditorium at the Andrew Mazzara Conference Center, Dearborn)
Friday, April 22
7:00 p.m Emergency Exit: Young Italians Abroad
2014 – Director, Brunella Filì, Documentary, 66 min.
An entire generation is being drained outside of Italy’s borders. Not only “brainiacs” but also normal youth, citizens split in half, divided between a life with greater possibilities abroad but with the homesickness and frustration that every ex-pat has, even those who left voluntarily. The documentary reports what the young Italians living abroad do, think, dream, whether they will remain or return, and if leaving is really the emergency exit to change their uncertain future.
Saturday, April 23
5:00 p.m. Maraviglioso Boccaccio (Wondrous Boccaccio)
2015 – Directors, Paolo e Vittorio Taviani, Comedy, 120 min.
Florence, Italy, 1348. The plague forces a group of ten young men and women to take shelter in the countryside and entertain themselves by telling stories.
Inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron.
7:30 p.m. Se Dio Vuole (God Willing)
2015 – Director, Edoardo Falcone, Comedy, 87 min.
Tommaso, a respected heart surgeon, and Carla have two children. The oldest, Bianca, has no interests, no ideas, no passions. Andrea instead is a brilliant guy, a med school student, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, to his pride. Lately, however, Andrea seems to have changed: he often remains alone in his room and goes out in the evening without telling anyone where he goes. Doubts begin: Is Andrea gay? But things never go as we think…
Closing Night, Sunday, April 24 (Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit)
4:30 p.m. La Buca (Money Buddies)
2014 – Director, Daniele Ciprì, Comedy, 90 min.
Veteran ambulance chaser Oscar gets bitten by a shaggy dog and decides to make some cash by suing its owner, Armando. When, however, the ruthless attorney discovers that Armando is a penniless man just released from jail after 30 years for a crime he didn’t commit, he changes objectives: why not have Armando sue the State for compensation? The two team up in search of clues and an improbable friendship is born.
For more information, check out www.italianfilmfests.org/detroit.html.