A Castle in Italy

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Film runs Thu, Mar 13 through Sun, Mar 16.

A Castle in Italy
Un château en Italie | Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, 2013
France | French with English subtitles | Format: Digital projection | 104 minutes

New York Premiere!

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s semi-autobiographical third feature—her first film since the acclaimed Actresses (2007)—is as restless as the character she plays in it. The actress-director-screenwriter (she co-wrote the film with Noémie Lvovsky and Agnès de Sacy) crafts a sad, whimsical and tender portrait of a family whose glory days are over, and who must confront some ugly facts about their present reality: financial troubles, a terminally ill younger brother, a sprawling estate they can no longer maintain. Louise (Bruni Tedeschi) herself is approaching her mid 40s, and wants desperately to have a child and find enduring love. This boldly self-revealing, possibly cathartic work draws both directly and obliquely from Bruni Tedeschi’s real life: Louis Garrel, her former partner, plays Nathan, her young French lover; Nathan's father in the film is a renowned filmmaker who directs his son, as does Garrel’s father, Philippe; and Valeria’s own mother, pianist Marisa Borini, simply plays herself. Marisa Borini is nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 César Awards.

Series: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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