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Italian Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

A Ciambra
"Fourteen-year-old Pio wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way, including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of his Romani family. But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is.'

The Antithesis
"An isolated house in the countryside is beset by strange phenomena caused by bizarre temperature surges. Taking the advice of an architect, a young female geologist agrees to spend the night in the mysterious house in an attempt to identify the strange happenings. Once there, she finds herself trapped in a parallel reality, inside a vortex of horror and delirium."

L'assassino = The Assassin
"Thirty-something antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli is arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa. But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial."

Cesare deve morire
"As part of a rehabilitative prison program, inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's' Julius Caesar. As they rehearse, the prisoners find that the classic play has both a striking resonance and contrast to their confined lives."

Dogman
"In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino. When Simoncino's abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences."

Kill Baby…Kill!
"In the early 1900s, Dr. Eswai is called by Inspector Kruger to a small village to perform an autopsy on a woman who has died under suspicious circumstances. Despite help from Ruth, the village witch, Kruger is killed and it is revealed that the dead woman, as well as other villagers, have been killed by the ghost of Melissa, a young girl who, fed by the hatred of her grieving mother, Baroness Graps, exacts her revenge on the villagers. Dr. Eswai, along with Monica, a local nurse, are lured into a fateful confrontation at the Villa Graps."

The Legend of the Holy Drinker
"An alcoholic man wants to return the money he has borrowed."

Like Crazy
"Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she's on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. The film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee a mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse; the world of sane people."

Mother of Mine
"It is the story of a young girl torn between two mothers, a story of imperfect motherhood and inextricable bonds, struggling with overwhelming feelings and dealing with wounds. She, ten-year-old Vittoria has a close relationship with her loving mother, Tina, but their life is upset when the young girl discovers that local party girl Angelica is her birth mother. When Angelica is forced to move away because of financial troubles, she asks to become acquainted with Vittoria."

Naples in Veils
"Suspended between magic and superstition, madness and rationality, a mystery envelops the existence of Adriana, overwhelmed by a sudden love and a violent crime."

Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico
"Fed up with the terrorists who poach Italy's rich beauty, and as part of a crazy retaliation scheme Signora Bolk hires a former CIA agent to abduct the number one violator, Giuseppe Beppe Catania. Catania is taken to her villa on a private island where he insists that as a man, he cannot go without sex. She relents and hires two prostitutes to pleasure him. Blindfolded and chained, Beppe realizes that the third woman is none other than the woman who kidnapped him."

La proprietà non è più un furto = Property Is No longer a Theft
"A young bank clerk, denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge on the local butcher who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the bank's star customers. Quitting his job, the clerk devotes all of his time to tormenting the butcher, stealing his possessions one by one, including his mistress."

Puoi baciare lo sposo = My Big Gay Italian Wedding
"Antonio and Paolo live happily together in Berlin and are finally getting married. They decide to celebrate in the small village in Italy where Antonio grew up. While his mother immediately supports his intentions, her husband Roberto, the town mayor, is much more reluctant. Paulo, who has not spoken to his conservative mother in a long time, must get her to the wedding as a condition of the marriage."

Ritual: A Psychomagic Story
"The fragile Lia, and the sadist Viktor, have a very strong and passionate relationship. But when she gets pregnant and he forces her to interrupt the pregnancy, their relationship breaks apart, and Lia falls into a deep depression. After an attempted suicide she decides to leave Viktor and, in the last desperate effort to cure herself, she goes to visit her old aunt Agata in her creepy eighteenth century villa."

Scarlet Diva
"A young Italian actress embarks on a self-destructive spree of sex, drugs and other excess while doing some soul searching to find the path for redemption."

Sei donne per l'assassino = Blood and Black Lace
"The beautiful bodies of the models at Contessa Christina's fashion salon are usually covered with elegant, exclusive designs. Isabella's body is covered with blood. As inspector Silvester tries to uncloak the killer, he finds the design of the murder to be complex and stitched with mystery."

Tainted Souls
"Set in a working-class apartment building in Rome, the lives of a bisexual former body builder, his wife, his male lover, and a pair of ambitions criminals intersect against a backdrop of crime, confused sexual feelings, and tainted relationships. Soon, these lost souls will come to find that the hunger for power is an unstoppable disease from which there is no cure."

Viva la libertà
"As the national election approaches, Enrico Oliveri has plummeted in the polls and his supporters and adversaries alike begin to acknowledge his impending downfall. Unwilling to face the failure of his party and his nation, Oliveri vanishes. In a desperate move, the party leadership seeks out Oliveri's look-alike twin brother, Giovanni Ernani, a prolific author and philosopher who is freshly released from an insane asylum."