The month of December has just begun, Christmas is still a little away, but the first gifts for cinema lovers have already arrived. In fact, this week we find a rather large number of films in theaters and we are seriously spoiled for choice. Among the unmissable titles we point out those freshly presented at the Turin Film Festival or the futuristic Hyperinsomnia by Alberto Mascia with Stefano Accorsi and Caterina Shulha, Orlando by Daniele Vicari with Michele Placido and Magical Naples, a documentary by Mark D’Amore which will remain in theaters for only a few days. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will also make a “hit and run” on the big screen before arriving on Netflix (December 9).
A film that we strongly recommend is Forever Young, directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Craving for hot comedies? C’è Vicini di casa – An aphrodisiac comedy by Paolo Costella with Claudio Bisio, Vittoria Puccini, Valentina Lodovini and Vinicio Marchioni
Director: Alberto Mascia
Cast: Stephen AccorsiCaterina Shulha, Astrid Meloni, Paolo Pierobon, Alessandro Gazale, Andrea Germani, Francesco La Mantia, Tony Laudadio, Giordano De Plano, Mauro Marino, Sandra Ceccarelli
Sinopsys: We are in Italy, in the near future. The old prisons, always full and dominated by violence, are just a memory: now in fact the prisoners serve their sentences in a state of deep sleep which renders them harmless. Hypersleep is a cheap and efficient system, because it has drastically reduced the recidivism rate. But not everything works as it should: one day David Damiani, a prison psychologist, is faced with an aggressive inmate whose data has been lost. The unexpected will trigger a chain of events that will force David himself to confront the ghosts of his past, as well as with a conspiracy in which Viola, the love of his life, will also be involved. Thus it will be discovered that nothing is as it seems.
Director: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Cast: Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Sofiane Bennacer, Louis Garrel, Micha Lescot, Clara Bretheau, Noham Edje, Vassili Schneider, Eva Danino, Liv Henneguier, Baptiste Carrion-Weiss, Léna Garrel, Sarah Henochsberg, Oscar Lesage, Alexia Chardard, Suzanne Lindon, Franck Demules, Isabelle Renauld, Sandra Nkake, Bernard Nissille
Distribution: Lucky Red
Sinopsys: We are in France, in 1986. Stella, Adèle, Victor and Frank are in the prime of their youth. Upon entering the prestigious Les Amandiers theater school created by Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Romans, they feel they have the world in their hands. Launched at full speed in their passions, they will live together the enthusiasm, fears, loves, but also their first great tragedies.
Neighbors – An aphrodisiac comedy
Director: Paolo Costella
Cast: Claudio Bisio Victoria PucciniValentina Lodovini, Vinicio Marchioni
Sinopsys: Giulio and Federica have been together for many years, but their marriage no longer works as it once did: they barely speak to each other and just to tease each other, daily conflicts have become the norm. One evening Federica decides to invite her new neighbors upstairs, Laura and Salvatore: a close-knit, vital, lively and often “noisy” couple. The two make them a provocative proposal, which will change the fate of the evening with surprising consequences.
Director: Daniele Vicari
Cast: Michele Placido, Angelica Kazankova, Fabrizio Rongione, Federico Pacifici, Mpunga Denis, Christelle Cornil
Sinopsys: Orlando lives alone in a mountain village in central Italy and has never wanted to emigrate, as others have done, including his son, who moved to Brussels for twenty years now. One day the man receives a phone call from Belgium informing him that his son needs help and so Orlando is forced to leave for the first time in his life. When he arrives he discovers he has a 12-year-old granddaughter, Lyse. Orlando and Lyse, like the past and the future, are as far apart as you can imagine, but they will unexpectedly discover that they need each other.
Director: Andrea Pallaoro
Cast: Trace Lysett, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Browning, Joshua Close, Adriana Barraza
Synopsis: Monica returns home for the first time after a long absence. Finding her mother and the rest of her family, from whom she had distanced herself as a teenager, she embarks on a path in her pain and fears, but also in her needs and desires, until she discovers within herself the strength to heal the wounds from your past.
The Woman King
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, John Boyega
Distribution: Warner Bros. Entertainment Italy
Plot: The Agojie are a group of all-female warriors who, in the 1800s, protected the African kingdom of Dahomey with a skill and ferocity never seen in the world. Here we follow the epic and emotional journey of General Nanisca as he trains the new generation of recruits and prepares them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Inspired by true events.
Family Reunion – Don’t Marry My Daughters! 3
Director: Philippe De Chauveron
Cast: Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan, Medi Sadoun, Frederic Chau
Distribution: 01 Distribution
Sinopsys: The spouses Claude and Marie Verneuil are about to celebrate 40 years of marriage. For the occasion, their four daughters decide to organize a big surprise party at the family home in Chinon, also inviting their respective in-laws for a few days. Claude and Marie will thus find themselves welcoming Rachid’s parents, David, Chao and Charles under their roof. Busy days are guaranteed!
Nobody has to know
Director: Bouli Lanners
Cast: Michelle Fairley and Bouli Lanners, Andrew Still, Cal Macaninch, Clovis Cornillac, Julian Glover
Distribution: Kitchen Film
Plot: Phil is a Belgian over fifty, robust and tattooed, who has long since taken refuge in the midst of the wild and genuine beauty of the Isle of Lewis (located in Scotland, in the Hebrides archipelago) fleeing from who knows what mysterious or controversial past. For years the man, taciturn and solitary, has been working on a farm that raises rams, which belongs to an ancient family of Protestants native to the place. One day he is suddenly seized by a stroke, which leaves him helpless a few steps from the sea. Rescued and taken to the hospital, he recovers, however, the total amnesia that the stroke caused him makes him vulnerable and uncertain, to the point of initially having to be monitored almost constantly. He will take care of the mature but still attractive daughter of the elderly and strict owner of the farm to take care of Phil. Little by little she will tell him about the secret relationship that would have existed between them before the illness.
A mother against GW Bush
Director: Andreas Dresen
Cast: Meltem Kaptan, Alexander Scheer, Cornell Adams, Henry Appiah
Distribution: Wanted Cinema
Plot: Rabiye is a German housewife who lives with her family in a terraced house in Bremen. After the September 11 attacks, her life is turned upside down: her 19-year-old son Murat is in fact accused (without any proof) of terrorism and interned in the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. – bravely engaged in a strenuous international legal battle to defend the human rights of her innocent boyfriend. With the help of an idealistic lawyer, Rabiye even faces US President Bush in the Supreme Court in Washington.
Inspired by a true story.
A violent and silent night
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Cast: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell
Distribution: Universal Pictures
Plot: A team of mercenaries breaks into an area of wealthy families on Christmas Eve, taking everyone present hostage. However, the criminals are not ready to face a fighter who will surprise them: Santa Claus is on the spot and is about to prove why this Nick is no saint.
The first rule
Director: Massimiliano D’Epiro
Cast: Marius Bizau, Haroun Fall, Andrea Fuorto, Ileana D’Ambra, Luca Chikovani, Cecilia Montaruli, and with Antonia Fotaras, Fabrizio Ferracane, Darko Peric
Distribution: Notorious Pictures
Plot: We find ourselves in a high school institution, a “non-place” that could be found in any suburban city. A young professor meets six students suspended for disciplinary reasons every afternoon for a credit recovery course that will become an intense life experience for everyone.
Among the waves
Director: Marco Amenta
Cast: Vincenzo Amato Swabian AlvitiDaniele Monachella, Gianfranco Cedrano
Sinopsys: Salvo and Lea travel through the night immersed in a stony and dark nature. That journey into the twilight that seems to have no end is an opportunity to discuss their past, between resentment and desire for love, but slowly the relationship between Salvo and Lea becomes more and more ambiguous, enigmatic and obscure. Their journey is also driven by a corpse that emerges from the waves in front of Lampedusa, which reveals the failed attempt to seek a better life in Italy and which hides, in the pockets of the crumpled and wet dress, fragments of thoughts addressed to a woman to whom he devoted an intense love and to whom he deserves to be reunited. But who is she and where is this woman?
Help! It is Christmas!
Director: Kristoph Tassin
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Judd Nelson, Valeria Bilello, Lorenzo McGovern Zaini
Distribution: RS Productions
Plot: The protagonist is a family made up of a father, mother, two children and a grandfather. The father is grumpy and hates Christmas, because he remembers his past with his absent father. But he will find himself managing two children who, with the help of their grandfather, will try to free Santa Claus trapped by a “monster”. What is their rescue operation? In eight digital riddles.
One Piece Movie: Red
Director: Goro Taniguchi
Italian voices: Renato Novara, Luca Bottale, Emanuela Pacotto, Patrizio Prata
Distribution: Anime Factory
Synopsis: Uta is the most beloved singer in the world and her voice has been described as “otherworldly”. But she is also famous because she hides her true identity and another secret: Uta is Shanks’ daughter! For the first time ever, she has decided to reveal her face to the world during a live concert! The concert arena, held on Elegia Island, fills up with all of his fans, including notorious pirates, members of the Navy, and the Straw Hat Pirates led by Luffy, all determined to enjoy this highly anticipated singing performance. The concert begins and the audience discovers that the exceptional power of Uta’s voice hides a danger that could change the world. It will then be up to Luffy and Shanks to take action. Among many twists and turns, the battle for freedom is about to begin.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio (from December 4)
Director: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson
Original Voices: Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman
Synopsis: Academy Award®-winning director Guillermo del Toro and award-winning stop-motion genius Mark Gustafson reimagine the iconic story of Carlo Collodi as the legendary wooden puppet embarks on a series of bizarre and fantastical adventures that travel between worlds and reveal the vital power of love.
Magical Naples (in theaters on December 5,6,7)
Director: Marco D’Amore
Cast: Marco D’Amore
Distribution: Vision Distribution
Sinopsys: Documentary in which the actor and director Marco D’Amore takes us to the heart of Naples to discover its magic. And he does it by crossing it, not forgetting some iconic places such as the Fontanelle cemetery, Castel dell’Ovo, the chapel of the Veiled Christ and the Catacombs of San Gaudioso.
Cinema: come and discover what’s new in theaters from 1 December – Silhouette Donna