Film runs Sun, Jun 8 through Thu, Jun 12.
Piccola Patria | Alessandro Rossetto, 2013
Italy | Italian with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 111 minutes
U.S. Premiere. Q&A with filmmaker Alessandro Rossetto on June 8.
Best friends Luisa and Renata long above all else to leave their stifling provincial town in northeastern Italy, where tensions between locals and immigrants are forever threatening to boil over. They work as maids in a hotel but supplement their income with sexual trysts, sometimes assisted by Luisa’s Albanian boyfriend, and hatch a blackmail scheme that fails to play out as expected. The rhythms of daily life in this border zone—where city meets countryside—are captured in vivid detail in the highly promising fiction debut by experienced documentarian Rossetto.