By The Nation
This year, the festival features seven selected Italian contemporary movies, namely “Emma - Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose”, “Cinderella, the Cat”, “The Correspondence”, “Young, Fit and Almost Good Looking” “Tenderness”, “The Place”, and “It Is All About Karma”.
“Emma - Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose” is a 2017 drama directed by Silvio Soldini and tells the story of Teo, a man with a good job, a fiancee, lovers and no intention to assume any responsibility in his life. His meeting with Emma, a blind woman, will upset his convictions.
“Young, Fit and Almost Good Looking - Ci Vuole un Fisico”, directed by Alessandro Tamburini, is about Alessandro and Anna who meet by chance after both missing out on a dinner date. At first Alessandro cannot stand Anna, finding her unattractive and nosy. But during a night full of discussion and dancing, he will get to know her, learning something more about himself.
Giuseppe Tornatore’s English-language romantic drama “The Correspondence” is centred on astrophysics professor Ed and his lover, the PhD student Amy Ryan. Amy is working as a stuntwoman, who performs dangerous scenes that normally lead to the death of the character. She keeps communicates with Ed through video chat, e-mails, and packages. One day, Amy realises he is not answering his mobile phone although she does receives some emails from him. When reading the last one, she notices a maple leaf hitting her window and watches it for a moment before it flies away.
“The Place” is directed by Paolo Genovese, who also co-wrote the script. An adaptation of the TV series “The Booth at the End”, it narrates the fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them.
“Cinderella the Cat” is an animation by Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone, loosely based on the Giambattista Basile’s fable of the same name and Roberto De Simone’s musical “La Gatta Cenerentola”. The plot is set in a decaying future Naples and concerns a mysterious mute teenager called Mia, who struggles to escape from the Camorra boss Salvatore Lo Giusto and her vicious stepmother Angelica.
“Tenderness” is a 2017 drama directed by Gianni Amelio and based on the novel “The Temptation to Be Happy” by Lorenzo Marone.
Lorenzo, who recently suffered a heart attack, is on his way to his top-floor apartment in Naples when he meets Michela, a charming young woman, who has just moved into the apartment opposite but has forgotten her keys and finds herself locked out. Cynical and grumpy, the retired lawyer who has been living estranged from the rest of the world, mellows under her spontaneous charm. He helps her, becomes friends not only with her but with her husband Fabio and their two children. For once, the self-declared misanthropist seems to be experiencing the long-forgotten feeling of empathy.
Directed by Eduardo Falcone, “It Is All About Karma - Questione di Karma” is about Giacomo, the heir to an industrialist who prefers to devote his mind to thoughts and fantasies. An esoteric will change Giacomo’s life by telling him that he is the current reincarnation of his father, who died when he was a young boy. The reincarnation is Mario Pitagora (Elio Germano), a man whose sole interest is money. Their meeting will change their lives.
This fourth edition of the Italian Film Festival Bangkok 2018 is supported by the Embassy of Italy and Dante Alighieri Society. All movies are screened with the original Italian soundtrack, with English and Thai subtitles.
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