New Italian Cinema 2016
Don't Be Bad (Non essere cattivo)
dir. Claudio Caligari, Italy, 2015, digital, 100 min., in Italian w/English subtitles
Don’t Be Bad bursts off the screen with the tale of best friends Cesare (Luca Marinelli) and Vittorio (Alessandro Borghi), two volatile young men from Ostia—a place where narrow employment opportunities lie between the building trades and dealing drugs. The late cult director Claudio Caligari (Toxic Love, The Scent of Night) creates a searing portrait of friendship between men who consider themselves brothers. Set in the very town where Paolo Pasolini gave life to his characters in all their suffering, this Pasolini-esque drama follows Cesare and Vittorio as they snort, drink, and rut their days away. Multiple award winner at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival.
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.