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Scialla! | Francesco Bruni, 2011
Italy | Italian with English subtitles | 95 minutes
Director Francesco Bruni in person at June 9 screening!
Voted best film in the “Controcampo Italiano” section of last year’s Venice Film Festival, Easy! is the terrific directorial debut by one of Italy’s finest screenwriters, Francesco Bruni (Caterina in the City, The First Beautiful Thing). Fabrizio Bentivoglio is wonderful as Bruno, a formerly talented writer who now ghostwrites celebrity autobiographies. To make ends meet, he also gives boring, listless private lessons to bored, listless students, one of whom, Luca, is on the verge of being expelled. One day, Luca’s mother comes to see Bruno and reveals that Luca is actually his son, born of a tryst when she was a student and Bruno was a schoolteacher. Moreover, she informs Bruno it’s time for him to do some parenting. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Easy! chronicles one man’s unusual path to growing up.
This screening will be preceded by an Olympic clip from the Instituto Luce Archive:
La XV Olimpiade - 08/1952
The Italian boxer Bolognesi won the gold medal
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