New Italian Cinema 2016
They Call Me Jeeg Robot (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot)
dir. Gabriele Mainetti, Italy, 2016, digital, 112 min., in Italian w/English subtitles
Enzo Ceccotti is a thief who lives in Rome's slum Tor Bella Monaca. One day he jumps into the Tiber in order to escape from the police and falls into a barrel of radioactive waste, which infects him, giving him superpowers, like exceptional strength and healing abilities.
He gradually loses his disinterest towards people thanks to a mentally handicapped girl, who has mistaken him for the Japanese manga hero Hiroshi Shiba, and gradually shifts from supercriminal to superhero in order to save her from a psycho gangster known as "The Gipsy".
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.