"The story of a son's development under an oppressive father. Gavino lives in solitude as an illiterate Sardinian shepherd. Finally he revolts against his father and his own illiteracy, studies and earns a degree and finds his identity through his newly-found ability to communicate."
"Set during the liberation of Italy at the end of World War II, and taking place across the country, from Sicily to the northern Po Valley. Looks at the struggles of different cultures to communicate and of people living their everyday lives in extreme circumstances."
"A young country girl comes to town and works in a brothel in order to help her fiance get the money to start his own business. 'Paprika' is the name given to her by the madam.
Pasqualino settebellezze = Seven Beauties
"A small-time casanova with no political convictions and fewer brains shoots his sister's pimp to save the family honor. He is caught, tried, sent to an insane asylum, volunteers for the Italian army and ends up in a Nazi concentration camp, where he learns to survive at any cost."
La pelle = The Skin
"Based on the short stories of Curzio Malaparte, The Skin is Liliana Cavani's controversial look at the aftermath of the German occupation of Italy during WWII and the equally difficult results of life during the Allied liberation. Marcello Mastroianni stars as writer Malaparte, who chronicled the desperate measures taken by his countrymen in order to survive. Burt Lancaster co-stars as the liberating American General unable to understand the devastation around him."
La Pivellina = Little Girl
"A hard-luck family of circus performers takes in a young girl they find abandoned in a park near Rome."
"What begins as a sexy romp turns into a 'giallo', as guests at Play Motel are stabbed to death by a black-clad assassin."
Porte aperte = Open Doors
"Story about capital punishment and the difficulties of the State in coping with a man who has broken its most sacred values and beliefs."
Il postino = The Postman
"The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice."
"When young Domenico ventures from the small village of Meda to Milan in search of employment, he finds himself on the bottom rung of the bureaucratic ladder in a huge, faceless company. The prospects are daunting, but Domenico finds reason for hope in the fetching Antonietta. A tender coming-of-age story and a sharp observation of dehumanizing corporate enterprise, Ermanno Olmi's Il Posto is a touching and hilarious tale of one young man's stumbling entrance into the perils of modern adulthood."
Pranzo di Ferragosto = Mid-August Lunch
"A middle-aged man living with his elderly mother finds the best way to pay for their debts is to take care of the building manager's mother during the biggest festival of the year. Soon he finds himself with not two but four mothers to keep fed and happy."
"Fernando/Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transvestite, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance a sex-change operation. Fernanda dreams of becoming a 'real' woman but in Milan is transformed instead into Princesa, a mysterious figure of allure. She then meets Gianni, a straight-laced, married businessman who falls in love with her. It all seems to good to be true...and is."
I pugni in tasca = Fists in the Pocket
"Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions."
"A scandal hidden in 19th century Sicily between two young women, Angela and Sara. Angela isn't t like other girls her age, she fears nothing and nobody. She can't hide her feelings for Sara. To maintain the forbidden relationship, she changes her outward appearance to disguise herself as a man. The chains that had imprisoned her existence suddenly disappear and she becomes powerful, but in her heart she never denies her identity as a woman."