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  • tuesday, 6 september 2022

Poised lives

by Roberto Pugliese

The outlook on Italian cinema grows wider thanks to Gianni Amelio’s Il signore delle formiche, inspired by a real criminal case mounted against a homosexual professor in 1960s Italy, accused of ‘brainwashing’ youth. Joana Hogg worked on a recurrent theme at the Festival: mother-daughter relationships, in the shape of a disquieting ghost story: The Eternal Daughter. The Orizzonti section takes us back to the tragedy consuming eastern Europe with Victim by Michal Blaško, a ‘social thriller’ of sorts. Tonight, all eyes will be on Walter Hill’s latest film, Dead for a Dollar, and its stellar cast, which include Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, and Benjamin Bratt. The Venice Days and Film Critics’ Week programmes tell stories of difficult adolescence: The Maiden by debutant Graham Foy and Dogborn by Isabella Carbonell.

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IL SIGNORE DELLE FORMICHE

Inspired by real-life events – the story and legal troubles of poet and dramatist Aldo Braibanti – that took place in Italy in the late 1960s, the film depicts Braibanti’s...

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THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER

A ghost story that digs deep into the complexity of family relationships. A middle-aged artist returns to his old family home in Wales after several years, together with her agi...

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MUSIC FOR BLACK PIGEONS

Leth and Koefoed take you straight into the world of jazz with this film, whose title references single from Jakob Bro’s album Uma Elmo (2021). What happens when dive...

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THE MAIDEN

Do cosmic bonds, supernatural forces exist and manage relationships between people? Or is each of us prisoner of an innate solitude? Can time and space be substitutes and witnes...

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DOGBORN

What are we willing to do in extreme situations? Are survival instincts strong enough to waver the ethical foundations of conscience? What are we willing to lose in order to sav...

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VICTIM

Irina is a Ukrainian single mother who moved to a small town in Czechia. One night, his son Igor is admitted to the hospital after a fight, allegedly with Romani youths. Irina c...

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MARGINI

In Grosseto, among Tuscan Maremma, at the end of the 2000s the young members of a punk band, tired of getting gigs in demotivating contexts, try everything to realise a plan tha...

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DEAD FOR A DOLLAR

In 1897 Mexico, the young, progressive wife of a rich businessman runs away with a black man. Bounty hunter Max Borlund is hired to find her. When Max eventually does, he realiz...

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