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FIRST FEATURE AWARD

Banat

Banat (Il Viaggio)

ADRIANO VALERIO
Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, 2015
85 minutes, Color
Official website

An old-fashioned arthouse film that will summon memories of Antonioni, Tarkovsky, and Leviathan, Banat is the feature debut of Milanese writer-director Adriano Valerio. In the Italian seaside city of Bari, young agronomist Ivo is packing his belongings in reluctant anticipation of his impending move to Romania; unable to find work in Italy, he's agreed to manage a remote farm there. When new tenant Clara arrives early, the two discover an immediate rapport that carries over to the farm when she joins him after being fired from her job. Dwarfed in the frozen Eastern European landscape, the unlikely homesteaders must endure economic and emotional challenges. Banat is a provocative character sketch that unfolds with a firm internal rhythm, intractable logic, and a dreamlike inevitability reminiscent of the European old masters. An unlikely high point is Clara's climactic lip-synching of Rosanna Fratello's 1982 Italian pop hit "Se T'Amo T'Amo."—Eddie Cockrell

In Italian and English with English subtitles

FIRST FEATURE AWARD

Banat

Banat (Il Viaggio)

ADRIANO VALERIO
Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, 2015
85 minutes, Color
Official website

An old-fashioned arthouse film that will summon memories of Antonioni, Tarkovsky, and Leviathan, Banat is the feature debut of Milanese writer-director Adriano Valerio. In the Italian seaside city of Bari, young agronomist Ivo is packing his belongings in reluctant anticipation of his impending move to Romania; unable to find work in Italy, he's agreed to manage a remote farm there. When new tenant Clara arrives early, the two discover an immediate rapport that carries over to the farm when she joins him after being fired from her job. Dwarfed in the frozen Eastern European landscape, the unlikely homesteaders must endure economic and emotional challenges. Banat is a provocative character sketch that unfolds with a firm internal rhythm, intractable logic, and a dreamlike inevitability reminiscent of the European old masters. An unlikely high point is Clara's climactic lip-synching of Rosanna Fratello's 1982 Italian pop hit "Se T'Amo T'Amo."--Eddie Cockrell

In Italian and English with English subtitles


Thursday, April 21
8:30 PM
$13.00
Saturday, April 23
7:00 PM
$13.00

Italian Cultural Institute

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
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