Cinema Italia: Marrakech Express (Gabriele Salvatores, 1989)

Sunday 18 September 2022, Cinema Italia: Marrakech Express (Gabriele Salvatores, 1989), 104 minutes. In Italian with English subtitles. Doors open at 20:00, Film starts at 20:30.

Marrakech Express (1989) is the first film by Gabriele Salvatores on the topic of escaping, which is precisely the opposite of escapism. In the latter everything still and we allow ourselves a moment to forget how pointless is our way of life enjoying otherworldly stories. On the contrary, if we decide to escape we break the rules and get into the adventure of life, far from our comfort zone, without knowing in advance what we are doing, just living life, moment by moment. Marrakech Express is a story not only of escaping but also of life-long friendships, love, and the paradox of exoticism, the more you know it, the more it becomes familiar, losing its charm of distance. Salvatores here is somehow still an unripe fruit but, in his immaturity, he made a film that is forever green.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net

Cinema Italia: Ovosodo (Paolo Virzì, 1997)

Sunday 28 August 2022, Cinema: Ovosodo / Hardboiled egg (Paolo Virzì, 1997), 96 minutes. In Italian with English subtitles. Doors open at 20:30, Film starts at 21:00.

Ovosodo is a coming-of-age film set in Livorno, an industrial city in Tuscany. We follow the life of Piero from childhood to adulthood, in his struggle to get out of the limitations his family life history poses. The protagonist is a working-class member, and slowly but steadily, through his endless search for love, he becomes aware of what this means. The film is also a sharp critique of left-winged Italians who come from other social classes. Moreover, it depicts Italy just before the computer’s revolution with the World Wide Web deeply transforms society, with its omnipresent mobile phones. That was a society where people met face-to-face, without the mediation of technology. A society where contacts were more real and full of solidarity, as in the 1950s, but soon to disappear.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net

Cinema Italia: Pane e tulipani (Silvio Soldini, 2000)

Sunday 21 August 2022, Cinema: Bread and Tulips / Pane e tulipani (Silvio Soldini, 2000), 114 minutes. In Italian with English subtitles. Doors open at 20:30, Film starts at 21:00.

Bread and Tulips is first and foremost an act of love towards Venice. The protagonist is a woman, interpreted by Licia Maglietta, who wants to escape a meaningless housewife life. She meets a mysterious man, interpreted by Bruno Ganz, who is exceptionally acting in Italian. Aside from the comedy and the beauty of Venice, also shot in angles that you do not expect, this film presents a multi-layered message of social critique of an Italy of fin de siècle (meaning 1990s), stuck between a glorified past and the desire to live life here and now, without compromises.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net