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La terra

Date: 20.6.06
@17

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Luigi Di Santo is a Philosophy teacher from the Region of Puglia. He teaches in Milan where he had moved several years earlier due to his bad relationship with his father. Luigi and his brothers, Michele and Aldo, want to sell an old family farm but their project is hindered by their step-brother Aldo, who just like their father, has an aggressive personality and spends his time running after women. Luigi decides to take a trip down South but soon enough the old-time wounds of the past resurface more lively than ever. Things degenerate when all brothers are acquitted for a homicide that each blames the other for. When Luigi decides to investigate on his own, the research brings him to examine the past of his family, his own, but even his present, including his relationship with his wife.


La bestia nel cuore

Date: 20.6.06
@10.45

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Sabina, a film dubber, is married with Franco, a second-rate actor. When she finds out she’s pregnant, suddenly and unexpectedly a disturbing idea arises from her inmost childhood memories and from the conventions of a middle-class family so severe yet so reassuring. Instead of confiding her feelings to her husband, she decides to go spend Christmas in the States with her brother, who will help her dig into the past and understand the reasons behind a terrible burden: the sexual abuses made by their father upon both children, with the silent complicity of their mother.


Arrivederci amore, ciao

Date: 21.6.06
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Once back in Italy, after being on the run as a fugitive in South America, Giorgio, a repentant terrorist, is ready for anything provided he can be socially rehabilitated. So to begin a new life and free himself of the shadows of his past, he sells his old-time comrades and gets a reduction on his sentence. Once out of jail, he chases an absurd ascent towards respectability, blackmailing, exploiting women, and acting out all type of crimes, under the intimidation of a special police officer, Anedda, who threatens to use the proofs of his guilt. But one day, the scores


The listening

Date: 21.6.06
@15

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In a US technological outpost
on English territory, the industrial
company Wendell-Cranshaw Technologies
is abusing of a global interception
system of telecommunications
named Echolon for a controversial
witch hunt. Due to a casual accident,
Francesca Savelli ends up being suspect
number one of the industrial
espionage that’s taking place. An
elderly officer of the NSA, Wagley
decides to leave the company after
being betrayed by his friend and
boss Philip Kovacs – not without
defending Francesca, however.


Notte prima degli esami

Date: 22.6.06
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In a lively summer of the end of the 80s, Luca and his friends are getting ready for their Senior high school test. Instead of studying, however, they end up collecting an incredible series of misadventures, starting from Luca who, swept away by unusual courage, decides to finally tell Martinelli, his Italian professor, all the horrible things he had never found the courage to say during 5 years of high school. Right after cursing against him, though, he discovers that Martinelli will be his examiner. A few hours later, at a party, Luca falls madly in love with an exuberant gal, Claudia. The following days are split between finding a way to make peace with Martinelli and finding Claudia. Meanwhile, things aren’t less challenging for Claudia: her best friend wasn’t admitted to the final examination, and her beloved grandmother dies. The night before the big test, everything set offs: while his friends go mad looking for the dissertation title, Luca finally finds out that Claudia is professor Martinelli’s daughter. He runs over to her, but the surprises aren’t over. The night is long and the next morning none of our friends will be the same again.


I giorni dell'abbandono

Date: 22.6.06
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Turin, today. Olga is a young woman, happily married and mother of two children. When her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman, she enters the dark tunnel of desperation and self-loss, an abyss that forces her into a hellish voyage within herself. Trying to put order again in her daily and most of all interior life, she begins reconsidering her life as a woman. The world her husband has left her in, now seems hostile, her children as well, and Olga ends up wandering restlessly between pain and anger. A crack of happiness and hope arrived thanks to a difficult self-analysis and a series of encounters, among whom a nextdoor neighbour musician.


La guerra di Mario

Date: 22.6.06
@10.45

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To take him away from an abusive family, the Juvenile Court temporarily assigns 9 year-old Mario to a non-married and wealthy couple in their 40s, Giulia and Sandro who have been trying to adopt a child for a while. Giulia is perfectly at ease in her new role as a mother, while Sandro is terrified by this new reality. Young Mario is suddenly thrown into an unknown world where his parents spoil him to death. In this golden cage, the child feels lonely and misunderstood and hides away from reality into an imaginary pastime inspired to a videogame and ruled by the canons of “chivalry”. Only his closest friends, a stray dog and a school mate, can enter his magic world. But when the dog is killed by a car, and his friend leaves town, Mario becomes gloomy and depressed. Meanwhile, Giulia is pregnant and continues giving in to every whim, not until…


Il regista di matrimoni

Date: 23.6.06
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Director Franco Elica is in crisis, because his daughter has married a fervent Catholic and he’s forced to shoot a nth version of Manzoni’s novel The Betrothed. The crisis is made worse by an unexpected happening, so the director chooses flee to a small Sicilian town, where he meets a man who lives making wedding films, and an old-time colleague who pretends he’s dead in order to be appraised. He also meets Prince Ferdinando Gravina di Palagonia, an impoverished aristocrat who asks him to direct the footage of his daughter’s wedding. Franco falls in love on the spot with the young bride and princess, Bona, and decides to save her from a marriage of convenience.


Piano 17

Date: 23.6.06
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Mancini was paid to put a bomb inside the headquarters of a important bank to destroy important documents that could compromise shady commissioner. Disguised a cleaning man and with the bomb on a timer, he remains blocked in an elevator with two unaware employees that were heading home after a working day. Outside of the building, Pittana and Borgia keep the situation under control, waiting for Mancini to bring forth his mission”. In a chase against time, while tension grows minute after minute, Mancini starts realizing that perhaps his accomplices aren’t helping him as they should…


Romanzo criminale

Date: 23.6.06
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Rome, the 70s. Three young criminals – nicknames Libanese, Dandi, and Freddo – decide to set up a net of delinquency. Among ups downs, the three bosses alternate a period of 25 years, mingling in indissoluble way with the dark period of Italy, among state massacres, terrorism, and the strategy of tension of the 70s, the roaring 80s, the “Mani pulite” cleansing era of 90s. The group starts out with the kidnapping and killing of a rich aristocrat, Baron Rosellini and invests the ransom in a heroin traffic, setting up a criminal organization in Mafiastyle that shortly takes over the world drugs, as well as that of prostitution gambling. Only Inspector Scialoja truly hinted what’s going on, so he starts a relationship with Patrizia, Dandi’s girlfriend and former prostitute, to gather information. But the situation gets out of control and they end falling in love. The thirst for power drives the group to dare more and till a series of direct and indirect revenges burst out setting the underworld of delinquency on fire.


Anche libero va bene

Date: 24.6.06
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Tommi is eleven and lives in Rome with his sister Viola, a few years older than himself, and their father Renato. In spite of the absence of a mother, the family gets by day after day overcoming all kind of harshness and facing life with team spirit and irony. The sudden return of the mother, Stefania, who more than once had abandoned the family, unleashes lacerating conflicts and ancient wounds. Tommi starts demolishing the figure of his father. It’s a ruthless and violent clash that makes Tommi become responsible of his own very young life.


L'estate del mio primo bacio

Date: 24.6.06
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Summer 1987. Camilla Randone is the 13 year-old daughter of a wealthy family that spends their summer vacation in Tuscany, at the Argentario promontory. She’s convinced that this will be the summer of her first kiss, at all cost. And destiny sends a gorgeous prey: Adelmo, a 17 year-old town boy who is hired to clean their pool. Amid anonymous phone calls and lies, Camilla will do her best to manipulate sweet Adelmo trying to create the perfect conditions for the so-desired kiss, that however doesn’t seem to be arriving. And while she wears herself out, the radio plays Like an angel fallen from the sky – which is exactly what she feels. In her house the adults are going through a delicate moment: her mother, Giovanna, is writing an autobiography, while her father Agostino is dealing with a young lover. In the summer of her first real great love, nobody seems to notice her clumsy but tender steps toward adulthood.


Il caimano

Date: 24.6.06
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Bruno Bonomo is the producer of B-movies with bizarre titles (Killer Slipper, Maciste vs. Freud). His career is at a halt and he hasn’t directed movies for over ten years. His relation with his wife, the unforgotten protagonist of some of his films, is in crisis but he can’t accept the idea of separating from her nor his beloved children, of 7 and 9 years-old. Invited to a movieclub for the screening of one of his most famous movies, Cataratte, he meets Teresa, a 24 year-old director, who gives him a screenplay entitled Il Caimano. After reading the script distractedly, Bonomo invites the young director to a meeting with a Rai manager for its financing, without having realizing the movie revolves around a modern predator that embodies Berlusconi. After Rai’s rejection, an important Polish producer decides to help them because he wants to work with famous actor Marco Pulci. But when the shooting is about to begin, Pulci decides to give up on the role and Bonomo’s dreams collapse.


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