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New Authors of Italian Cinema

The Interval (L'Intervalo)

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Sunday 12/8
5:30 pm
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dir. Leonardo Di Costanzo, Italy, 2012, 86 min.

A boy and a girl are locked up in an enormous abandoned building in a suburban area. She is a prisoner and the local clan leader has forced him to be her jailer. Despite their young age, they both grew up too fast. Thus, when faced with the violence of incarceration, the two young people have different reactions: Veronica is restless and rebellious. Salvatore is more submissive and accommodating, either out of fear or realism. They are both victims, but it is almost as though each blames the other for their reclusion. As the hours go by, their mutual hostility is transformed into an inevitable intimacy consisting of reciprocal discoveries and confessions.The two enjoy a sudden break from their prematurely adult lives, tempted to turn their imaginary escape into a real one, before the gang presents Veronica with its verdict.

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.