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New Authors of Italian Cinema

Alì Blue Eyes (Alì Ha Gli Occhi Azzurri)

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Saturday 12/7
8:30 pm
Ibrahim Theater
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dir. Claudio Giovannesi, Italy, 2012, 100 min.

Ostia, the suburban seafront of Rome in wintertime. Two sixteen-year-old boys steal a scooter at 8 in the morning, then rob a store, and still get on time to school at 9. Nader (Nader Sarhan) is Egyptian, but was born in Rome. Stefano is Italian and is Nader’s best friend. Nader’s girlfriend, Brigitte, is also Italian, and because of that Nader’s parents disapprove their love, so that Nader runs away from home. Ali Blue Eyes depicts a week in the life of a teenager who tries to subvert the values of his own family. Torn between his Arab and Italian identities, Nader is audacious and in love, and, very much like the hero of a contemporary fairy tale, he has to put up with the cold, the loneliness, the life on the street, the hunger and fear, the escape from his enemies and the loss of his friends, before he can really understand who he is.


The 2013 edition of New Authors of Italian Cinema is presented by the Cinema Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema Events, and International House Philadelphia. This four-day festival has been curated by Nicola M. Gentili (Penn, Cinema Studies) and aims at promoting new Italian Cinema abroad. Recently released feature films directed in the past two years by Italy’s most promising filmmakers will be presented and discussed by our Penn’s Italian Ph.D. students. The final remarks will be addressed by Stefania Benini, Professor of Italian Cinema at the University of Pennsylvania.