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New Authors of Italian Cinema

Steel (Acciaio)

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Friday 12/6
5:30 pm
Ibrahim Theater
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dir. Stefano Mordini, Italy, 2012, 95 min.

The steelworks is active twenty-four hours a day, monopolizing the territory and invading the river, the beach and the lives of the population. 14-year-old Anna (Matilde Giannini) and Francesca (Anna Bellezza) are linked by a strong friendship and spend their young age by living long afternoons in which nothing happens, in fear and desire for discovery. The adults are now resigned, but the younger people and Alessio (Michele Rion), Anna's elder brother, express, with many uncertainties, their dream to escape to the nearby Isola D'Elba. One day love comes, powerful and unexpected to all, and life takes a sudden acceleration until it cracks, bleeds, and breaks.


The 2013 edition of New Authors of Italian Cinema is presented by 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. 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.