The Fifth Wheel

Showtimes

Film runs Fri, Jun 6 through Wed, Jun 11.

The Fifth Wheel
L’ultima ruota del carro | Giovanni Veronesi, 2013
Italy | Italian with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 113 minutes

U.S. Premiere. Q&A with filmmaker Giovanni Veronesi at June 6 screening.

Veronesi’s irresistible romantic comedy takes a journey through pivotal events in four decades of recent Italian history, as seen through the lens of Ernesto Fioretti’s unexceptional life. Played with charm and a disarming sense of humor by Elio Germano, Ernesto is a good-hearted, honest middle-class guy who struggles to keep up with changes and is always a step behind. His father disparaged Ernesto by likening him to the “fifth wheel of the wagon,” and his aspirations and involvement through the rise and fall of Socialism and the Berlusconi era are accordingly modest. But his protagonist’s apparent simplicity is precisely one of the strengths of this Tuscan director’s fifteenth feature, which opened the Rome Film Festival last year to great acclaim. Rich in emotions, its ups and downs coinciding with those of the country, Ernesto’s life serves as the perfect platform for abundant laughter and tears.

Series: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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