"Nino is an auto-factory foreman who takes his proper, modern wife and two blonde daughters from industrial Milan to the antiquated, rural Sicily to visit his family and get back in touch with his roots. Nino gets more than he bargained for when he discovers some harsh truths about his ancestors and himself."
"A middle-aged prostitute attempts to extricte herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy."
Le mani sulla città = Hands over the City
"The structure of power and the facade of democracy are explored in this political exposé of corruption in Naples. Following the fatal collapse of a tenement building, an investigation reveals that profits from municipal developments are going to city council members and developers in backroom negotiations.
"In 1941, a small group of misfit Italian soldiers is sent to a tiny Greek island in the Agean for four months of lookout duty. Their relief ship is torpedoed and their radio destroyed. As they lose all touch with the world outside, they are absorbed into the life of the idyllic island."
Meet Him and Die
"A robbery goes terribly wrong for a hapless criminal when he goes to knock off a jewelry store. Upon entering the store, the steel shutters immediately slam down and lock him inside until the police arrive. He is later sent to jail, but it doesn't take long before he befriends a big time crime boss inside. The two execute a successful break out, but what is the true background of these criminals and what is really motivating them?"
"The film centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy taken in as a farmhand and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family. Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, who is struggling to find her footing in the world, and Rohrwacher conveys her adolescent sense of wonder and confusion with graceful naturalism."
Miele = Honey
"Irene lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she's a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate. Working under the name of Miele (Honey), her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die with dignity by giving them the drug. One day she supplies a new client with a fatal dose, only to find out he's perfectly healthy but tired of life. Irene is determined not to be responsible for his death."
"The youngest son in an Italian family struggles with whether or not to come out of the closet as he's faced with the prospect of taking over the family's pasta business."
Mimi ́metallurgico ferito nellónore = Mimi the Metalworker: Wounded in Honor
"Mimi, a Sicilian laborer, refuses to vote for the Mafia's candidate and consequently loses his job, his wife, and his home. His efforts to defend his honor produce complex comical results."
Mio fratello è figlio unico
"Traces the relationship of two brothers, one a Communist and the other a Fascist, through the turbulent 1960s in Italy."
Il momento della verità
"[A] visceral plunge into the life of a famous torero played by real-life bullfighting legend Miguel Mateo, known as Miguelin. Charting his rise and fall with a single-minded focus on the bloody business at hand, the film is at once gritty and operatic, placing the viewer right in the thick of the ring's action, as close to death as possible. ... [T]his is a not just an electrifying drama but also a profound and moving inquiry into a violent world and it's perhaps the greatest bullfighting movie ever made."
Nights of Cabiria
"Cabiria, a simple-minded prostitute, searches Rome for true love. She is romanced and abandoned by men who exploit her. She endures even in the face of tragedy with the vain hope of finding marriage and happiness."
"During one evening, an author and his wife begin to explore their deteriorating marriage and the indifference that they feel towards their circle of friends."
La notte de San Lorenzo = Night of the Shooting Stars
"It is the Night of San Lorenzo, the night when dreams come true. While watching shooting stars, Cecilia tells her son about a similar night in 1944, when she was six years old, and the residents of San Martino, her small Tuscan hometown, struggled against Nazi oppression during the final days of WWII."
Nuovomondo = Golden Door
"A Sicilian farmer falls in love with a worldly British woman while both are attempting to immigrate to America."
"Lorenzo, Blu, and Antonio are three high school sophomores in a small city in the north of Italy. They are all outsiders for their own unique reason. They quickly become best friends and find in their friendship the strength to fend off insults and the bullies who sling them. But when Lorenzo makes evident his attraction toward Antonio, who's in love with Blu, he pushes Lorenzo away violently. From that moment on everything changes. The three friends are divided and played against each other, creating circumstances that no one could predict"
"The story of the ill-fated love between Gino, a virile young drifter, who arrives by chance at a roadside restaurant and filling station, and Giovanna, the beautiful young wife of the fat old man who owns the place. Gino leaves, only to return because he can't get her out of his blood. They kill her husband but his death haunts the guilt-ridden Gino."
"A dark and riveting retelling of the classic Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex. Unknown to himself, Oedipus kills his father and marries his mother. When the truth is discovered, he puts out his eyes and Oedipus wanders the streets until he is found by his daughter, Antigone, a common blind beggar."
"The loyalties of an impoverished mother-to-be and a parish priest are tested by the German forces which occupy their homeland during World War II."