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New Italian Cinema 2017

La tenerezza (Holding Hands)

Dir. Gianni Amelio, 2017

Lorenzo lives in an old building in the centre of the city and describes himself as a “lamentably famous” lawyer, having dedicated his entire working life to phony car accidents and insurance scams. His family life has also wasted away, as he stopped caring about his two children: Elena (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and Saverio (Arturo Muselli). Lorenzo is an impassive, self-centered man whose only soft spot is his grandson Francesco (Renato Carpentieri Jr). Things start to change when Fabio (Elio Germano) and Michela (Micaela Ramazzotti), a couple with children, move into the flat opposite Lorenzo’s. It doesn’t take long for Lorenzo to become attached to this outwardly perfect family. But something ominous is waiting in the wings, ready to disrupt the existence of each and everyone.


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