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New Italian Cinema 2017

I figli della notte (Children of the Night)

Dir. Andrea De Sica, 2016

Giulio, a seventeen-year-old from a well-to-do family, is sent to an isolated boarding school in the middle of the Alps, where iron-clad rules limit all contact with the outside. As he struggles to ward off the intimidations of older boys, Giulio befriends Edoardo (Ludovico Succio). Together, they set out on frequent escapes at night, finding a sort of refuge in a nightclub hidden in the forest. Here they meet Elena (Yuliia Sobol), a young prostitute who intrigues them. Suddenly, they discover that the transgressions they have concealed are actually part of the school’s educational program, with their teachers constantly lurking from behind.

The Cinema and Media Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and PI-Philly Italian Professionals in Philadelphia, present the 2017 edition of NEW ITALIAN CINEMA. The festival has been curated by Nicola M. Gentili (Penn, Cinema and Media Studies) and aims at showing very recent Italian released feature films in Philadelphia. Films are introduced and discussed with our Penn Italian Ph.D. candidates. This free admission film festival is made possible thanks to the support of New Italian Cinema Events.

All movies presented in Italian with English subtitles