Weekend at the cinema between Hollywood and Italy

(by Giorgio Gosetti) (ANSA) – ROME, JANUARY 19 – Of the nine films that theaters are offering these days, two documentaries have already been available for a few days. We are talking about THE PAINTER OF THE TWO WORLDS by Lorenzo Borghini dedicated to the life and works of the Florentine pop artist Luca Alinari and, above all, GOOD MORNING TEL AVIV directed by Giovanna Gagliardo with a journey marked by the 24 hours of the day in the most cosmopolitan city, free and unpredictable state of Israel.

On the other hand, the many faces of Hollywood are on stage among varied proposals: – BABYLON by Damien Chazelle with Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Diego Calva, Jovan Adepo, Olivia Wilde, Samara Weaving, Li Jun Li, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire , Max Minghella, Katherine Waterston, Eric Roberts, Phoebe Tonkin, Flea, Jennifer Grant, Jeff Garlin, Lukas Haas, Spike Jonze, PJ Byrne, Rory Scovel. Longstanding project for the American filmmaker most in love with the history of the city of Angels. The author of “La La Land” stages the dramatic transition of Hollywood from the silent era to that of sound, from the free republic of the imaginary to the place of large industrial concentrations led by the capital of Wall Street. The characters of Brad Pitt (a successful actor who fears catastrophe when sound is imposed) and Margot Robbie (the rising starlet who sees the world in pink) loom large. Around them a crowd of supporting actors including a jazz trumpeter in which it is easy to recognize Al Johnson, the jazz singer, an aspiring Hispanic actor, neurotic gangsters, gossip reporters and even the tycoon Irving Thalberg.

– ME TOO by Maria Schrader with Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton, Sean Cullen, Angela Yeoh, Tom Pelphrey, Adam Shapiro, Anastasia Barzee, Emma O’Connor, George Walsh, Hilary Greer , Lola Petticrew, Molly Windsor, Ashley Judd, Zach Grenier, Peter Friedman, Frank Wood, Sarah Ann Masse, Mike Houston. For the theme addressed, it will certainly be the theme of the week. Constructed as a typical journalistic thriller/investigation, punctuated by appropriate twists and turns, tinged with a declared and civil feminist indignation, it tells how the barrier of silence regarding the violence and sexual advances adopted by the tycoon Harvey Weinstein was broken. To bring the serial seducer to the stand are two New York Times journalists. In the same way as other famous journalism and cinema couples, the two women (Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor) will be able to overcome the reluctance of a series of blackmailed and abused actresses, until justice is obtained. The director, trained in Germany, uses all the techniques of the great show, even if perhaps she is guilty of an excessive expressive conformism.

– ANATAR by Alan Smithee with Azzurra Rocchi, Raffaele De Vita, Ciro Villano, Walter Lippa, Paolo Perinelli, Davide Marotta.

The creators of this funny parody of “Avatar 2” adopt the famous American pseudonym for films actually directed by the producers to exploit successes of the moment, with the population of ducks that threatens the peace of the inhabitants of the planet Pandoro. You can even laugh.

– I LIVE ELSEWHERE! by and with Giuseppe Battiston and with Rolando Ravello, Teco Celio, Diane Fleri, Ariella Reggio, Alfonso Santagata, Maurizio Fanin, Giovanni Franzoni, Roberto Abbiati, Pierluigi Cantini, Ida Marinelli, Evelina Meghnagi, Claudia Della Seta, Roberto Citran. Written jointly with the expert Marco Pettenello, recorded on the key of comedy but actually motivated to address the issues of life away from the metropolis and environmental sustainability, the film brings together two very different characters, united by the same name – Fausto – and the desire to escape from the city.

They will find common refuge in the country house of the grandmother of one of the two, but coexistence with the quiet and suspicious inhabitants of the North East will produce endless misunderstandings and suspicions.

– ME AGAINST YOU: JUNGLE MISSION by Gianluca Leuzzi with Luigi Calagna, Sofia Scalia, Nicola Pavese, Michele Savoia, Pierpaolo Zizzi, Valentina Tomada, Antonella Carone. It is probable that the new installment of the all-Italian branded saga for teenagers will also find space in the weekly box office. Only the deciphering of a mysterious map will allow Luì and Sofì to save the earth from the new intrigues of Viperiana, armed with her lethal potions that aim to pollute the magical source hidden in the jungle. The unlikely pair are back in action.

– THE INNOCENT by and with Louis Garrel and with Anouk Grinberg, Roschdy Zem, Noémie Merlant, Manda Touré, Jean-Claude Pautot, Léa Wiazemsky, Yanisse Kebab. The sulphurous actor/director revered by cinephiles chooses the comedy cut of characters to narrate the contradictions of the young Abel who quarrels with his mother when he discovers that the woman has decided to have a new partner, Michel, who is about to get out of prison. The boy believes that the man hides his old passions for fraud behind a respectable facade, but soon he too will have to deal with the ambiguity of being within the law.

– LA LIGNE by Ursula Maier with Stéphanie Blanchoud, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Elli Spagnolo, Dali Benssalah, India Hair, Benjamin Biolay, Eric Ruf, Thomas Wiesel, Louis Gence. Again a conflict between parents and children, but this time the clash is between a mother and a daughter which soon degenerates into mutual accusations and violence. Denounced by her mother for a restless life that often leads to aggression, thirty-year-old Margaret has to face the judgment of a judge who establishes that for three months the two women must remain separated by an invisible line that breaks the very meaning of family. A hard fight begins which will lead to mutual knowledge. (HANDLE).

Weekend at the cinema between Hollywood and Italy – One film a day