New Italian Cinema 2016
The Invisible Player (Il giocatore invisibile)
dir. Stefano Alpini, Italy, 2015, digital, 92 min., in Italian w/English subtitles
Professor Nari, an eminent university lecturer, is slandered by a mysterious anonymous letter "accusing" him of making a banal error in an article on the subject of betrayal. Who could hate him so much as to slander him publicly? Suspicion turns into obsession and not even his relationship with the young Olivia can assuage his anxiety about the loyalty of the people who surround him. Even his wife Anna betrays him with a former student, while Professor Daverio, always the runner-up, and in love with Nari's wife for years, commits suicide; this seems to confirm the suspicion of his "guilt", until the true author of the attack is suddenly unveiled.
This free admission film festival is made possible thanks to the support of New Italian Cinema Events (NICE).
The Cinema Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with International House Philadelphia, present the 2016 edition of New Italian Cinema. The festival has been curated by Nicola M. Gentili (Penn, Cinema Studies) and aims at presenting very recently released Italian feature films.