Italian Film Week:
From “Martin Eden” and “The Path of oil” to ” My Mother”
Art and Experience: Spotlight on Italian Cinema will screen five movies by Italian filmmakers in Iran as the organizers of the five-day festival unveiled the lineup on Saturday.
The Embassy of Italy in Tehran with contributions from Iran’s Art and Experience Cinema is organizing the online festival, which will open on December 1. Here is a brief look to the films.
The Path of oil: The only feature documentary film made by Bertolucci
The Path of oil “the film follows the ‘journey’ made by oil from the exploration and extraction phases in Iran, to transport by sea through the Suez Canal and across the Mediterranean to the oil pipeline in Genoa, which is linked to the refinery in Ingolstadt, in Bavaria”.
Happy as Lazzaro: A good-hearted peasant’s trip
Happy as Lazzaro (Italian: Lazzaro felice) is a 2018 Italian drama film directed by Alice Rohrwacher. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Rohrwacher won the award for Best Screenplay. Lazzaro, a good-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-altering bond when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping.
Where the Shadows Fall:Story of a nurse
A nurse working in a home for the elderly searches for what connects her to the place. When an kindly old lady arrives, the nurse remembers being a patient when the building was used for eugenics experiments.
Martin Eden: A love story
Martin Eden is a 2019 Italian-French historical romance drama film directed by Pietro Marcello, loosely based on the 1909 novel of the same name by Jack London. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
My Mother: An emotional storm
My Mother(Mia madre) is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Nanni Moretti. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a director working on a social-realist film about a factory strike called Noi siamo qui (We Are Here), starring American actor Barry Huggins (John Turturro) as the factory owner. Huggins consistently fails to deliver his lines properly and the fraught nature of the shoot is exacerbated by unhelpful advice from Margherita to her actors. She breaks up with her boyfriend, an actor in the film, and is divorced from the father of her daughter, Livia (Beatrice Mancini). Her brother Giovanni (Nanni Moretti) has taken time off work to help care for their ailing mother, Ada (Giulia Lazzarini), a retired classics teacher who has been hospitalised. Margherita comes to feel guilty for not taking on more responsibility for her mother and reflects on her often cold relations with her family, friends and colleagues.