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Films & Schedules - Italy

Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 6:30 PM (WH)

Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)


DIRECTOR: Matteo Garrone - Italy

"From Roberto Saviano's bestselling 2006 book about the international influence of the Italian organized crime empire known as the Camorra, Garrone has made an electrifying mob mobie set in Naples that will impress an unnerve even the most demanding aficionados of the genre.  In this deft interweaving of five stories, the Camorra's reach extends from the heights of haute couture to the depths of toxic waste, and Garrone coolly observes all the attendant brutality.  The great Neapolitan director and actor Toni Servillo heads a strong cast as a lethally smooth businessman in a sharp suit who specialize in the illegal...

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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 8:30 PM (WH)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 7 PM (WH)

Il Divo

DIRECTOR: Paolo Sorrentino - Italy

Giulio Andreotti, arguably the most famous and notorious Italian politician of the post-war era, was prime minister in his country no less than seven times.  His professional career is a history of contemporary Italian politics, and the allegations repeatedly leveled against him of corruption and Mafia involvement reflect the darkest elements of Italian society from the 1960s through the 1980s.  Sorrentino manages to weave a complicated maze of political conspiracies and skullduggery into an engrossing, stylistically dazzling drama. "To call Il Divio a biopic would be a gross injustice.  It is, indeed, a depiction of the life and times of...

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