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New Authors of Italian Cinema

The Ideal City (La Città Ideale)

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Saturday 12/7
5:30 pm
Ibrahim Theater
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dir. Luigi Lo Cascio, Italy, 2012, 105 min.

Michele Grassadonia (Luigi Lo Cascio) is an architect from Palermo and a fervent environmentalist, who believes in the value of civic engagement and social solidarity. One day, he decides to leave Palermo to move to Siena, which he considers, among all, the ideal city. Disliked by his colleagues, he lives alone in an apartment, where he experiments alternative forms of energy, with which he is able to live in complete self-sufficiency, without even having to seek for running water. On a rainy night, Michele gets involved in a series of confusing and mysterious events and, for some unfortunate circumstances, he falls into a judicial nightmare that alienates him from his friends and fellow citizens. Marginalized and defamed, he finds out the hard way that his ideal city hides normal-looking monsters.


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.