Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2012

The Arrival of Wang

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The Arrival of Wang
L'arrivo di Wang | Antonio and Marco Manetti, 2011
Italy | Italian with English subtitles | 80 minutes

Directors Antonio & Marco Manetti and actress Francesca Cuttica in person at June 10 screening!

A respected Chinese interpreter, Gaia, receives an intriguing, if somewhat mysterious, phone call from an old client: they need her services as soon as possible, although they can’t say much about the job for which they’re hiring her. Led blindfolded to a secret location, she’s put into a darkened room where a soft voice at the other end of a long table says in perfect Chinese, “I am Wang.”  But who is Wang, and why are the authorities taking such pains to keep him underwraps? A new generation of Italian filmmakers is rediscovering the pleasures and possibilities of genre filmmaking, and The Arrival of Wang is a proud representative of this trend. The dialog is razor-sharp, and the action moves briskly; just as we become certain that we understand what’s truly happening, brother directors Antonio and Marco Manetti come along and pull the rug out from under our feet, sending us back to square one. With Ennio Fantastichini and Francesca Cuttica.

This screening will be preceded by an Olympic clip from the Instituto Luce Archive:
Prego, Sorrida! - 10/1960
Rome: Olympic strategems
(Caleidoscopio Ciac 1656)

Series: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2012

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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