New Authors of Italian Cinema
House of Shadows (Controra)
dir. Rossella De Venuto, 2014, DCP, 85 min., in Italian w/English subtitles - Presented by Michael Edwards
A genre rarely approached by women becomes an interesting directorial debut and an impressive example of European storytelling. Megan’s story, an artist based in Dublin, Ireland, married to an Italian architect, takes place between Ireland, South Tyrol and Puglia, where the couple ends up traveling to deal with an inherited building. Megan is fascinated by the local places, but warns a disturbing presence, disclosing the clues to an unsolved family mystery. The film maintains the tension high thanks to an hyper-realistic and clear photography, showing the contrast between the blinding light of southern Italy and the shadows of the house and of the city’s narrow streets. The film was selected by the Bif&St in Bari and at the Ortigia Film Festival, and was awarded the Ortigia Prize for Best Independent Film.
This free admission film festival is made possible thanks to the support of:
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 present the 2013 edition of New Authors of Italian Cinema.
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.