Italia Italia: A Documentary Peninsula

Italia Italia: A Documentary Peninsula

After four editions of French French, Italia Italia is a new leg of the Grand Tour exploring auteur-driven documentaries from Europe. We have chosen to confront several contemporary Italian and French films along with some of their directors, providing an opportunity to showcase the new generation of documentarians blooming in Italy who are rediscovering the power of cinematic language to explore humanist values.  

Italia Italia is curated by Thierry Garrel. Read his essay HERE

Ticket holders are welcome to join us for a special French/Italia reception on May 2, 7:30pm at The Cinematheque in between the screenings of Young Solitude and I Had a Dream

Claire Simon
France
2018
100 minutes
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 5:45pm

At a high school in Ivry, on the outskirts of Paris, Claire Simon films pairs or groups of kids finding quiet spaces like the school roof, a schoolyard bench, or an empty hallway to talk about their families, fears, relationships, and dreams.

Claudia Tosi
Italy/France
2018
84 minutes
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:00pm

With the rise of populism, extremism, racism, and indifference, democracy is in crisis and nobody seems able to find a cure. Director Claudia Tosi explores how this crisis unfolds in Italy through the battles of two remarkable women, Manuela Ghizzoni and Daniela DePietri, both members of the country’s Democratic Party.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2008
52 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

In 1987, the sudden death of the head of Italy’s largest publishing house triggered a battle of succession between two of the country’s most aggressive businessmen: Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo De Benedetti. Four years later, Berlusconi is charged with corruption.

Enrico Maisto
Italy
2017
57 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Randomly selected by a computer, 60 apprehensive common citizens take their places in the courtroom of the Milan Assize Court of Appeal, which tries Italy’s most notorious criminals. 

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2011
126 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

Expert documentarian Mosco Levi Boucault studies the logic of the 1978 Moro affair from within the Red Brigades organization, through in-depth testimonies by four members of the command who organized Moro’s kidnapping to demand the release of 13 imprisoned revolutionary fighters.

Marco Piccarreda, Gaia Formenti
Italy
2018
57 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:30pm

A remote Sicilian reception centre for unaccompanied migrant minors is about to close, and six teenagers are left awaiting the decision that will seal their fate.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2019
145 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Corleone delivers a Shakespearean storyline about the rise and fall of Teodoro Totò Riina, the real-life godfather who was born into the same village as Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather

Corradino Durruti
France
2008
90 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 4:30pm

A unique and thrilling investigation with multiple twists and turns, Corradino Durruti’s film serves as a chilling study of the morals and mores of both the Italian police and of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful criminal network with tentacles reaching deep into the corporate and political worlds.

Martina Melilli
Italy
2018
66 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:30pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

Martina is a visual artist living in Italy. Mahmoud is a nuclear engineering student living in Libya. An unlikely friendship develops between the two when Martina becomes interested in documenting her grandparents’ history in Tripoli, where they lived before fleeing the country as a result of Muammar Gaddafi’s 1970 coup d’état.

Alessandro Marinelli
Italy
2018
78 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:30pm

For one year, director Alessandro Marinelli and his team follow the students of a school in a disenfranchised suburb of Rome.

Giovanni Donfrancesco
Italy/France
2017
159 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Giovanni Donfrancesco’s extensive portrait of Piero Bonamico gives flesh to one of the darkest hours of Italian history. This perpetrator’s narrative of rising tension, violence and remorse is a journey down the winding road of memory that speaks eerily to the present day.