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  • sunday, 4 september 2022

The legacy of our fathers

by Roberto Pugliese

To keep our resolve in condemning aggression wars means to give some thought to Ukrainian documentarist Sergej Loznitsa’s film, The Kiev Trial, a reconstruction of a post-WWII trial against Nazi officials, and possibly, a sad prophecy of what is soon to come. Familial drama is the genre of Emanuele Crialese’s L’immensità, with Penélope Cruz, and Darren Aronofky’s The Whale, starring an unrecognizable Brendan Fraser opposite Sadie Sink in the story of a faulty father-daughter relationship, which is also a theme in Zapatos rojos, a Mexican-Italian co-production by Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser. Wholly Italian is a ‘southern’ western by Pippo Mezzapesa, Ti mangio il cuore, starring debutant Elodie. At the International Critics’ Week, Austrian filmmaker David Wagner presents his film on closeted and uncloseted homosexuality in the Austrian Army: Eismayer.

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THE KIEV TRIAL

The end of the Second World War coincides with the commencing of Soviet trials of Nazi officials for their crimes against Ukrainian Jews. The Kiev trial was one of the first of ...

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L’IMMENSITÀ

The backdrop is Rome in the 1970s and a bourgeois environment. In a new, modern apartment, Clara e Felice cannot seem to come to terms with the end of their marriage. The only t...

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THE WHALE

Ever since his partner died, Charlie has been eating too much – compulsively, with obesity now affecting his social and intimate life. It had been years since he abandoned his...

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RED SHOES

Artemio, a peasant from northern Mexico’s hill country, feels like he has lost everything. He sets off to the city to look for truth about his daughter and for spiritual redem...

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TI MANGIO IL CUORE

The so-called fourth mafia, established in the Gargano region in southern Italy, is little known, but very dangerous. Two families, the Malatestas and the Camporeales, ...

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EISMAYER

In the Austrian army discipline, intransigence, incorruptibility, chauvinistic military training and rule-abiding behaviour have only one name: Charles Eismayer. To the eyes of ...

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The March on Rome

Risi, thanks to a great script and masterful interpretations by Gassman and Tognazzi, is the absolute winner of one of the most complex periods in Italian history. He...

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