Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. Italy. 2011, 100 mins. Digital projection. With Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantaloupo, Pasqualina Scuncia. In Italian with English subtitles. Having recently returned to her native Italy after ten years away, the quiet but curious thirteen-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother works at an industrial bakery. Marta’s only source of socialization is the local church, where she is told to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation. But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and Marta must forge her very own way of the cross. In her debut film, Rohrwacher updates the tradition of Neorealism, with her own poetic naturalism.
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