L’Altra Italia, in partnership with ICFF (Italian Contemporary Film Festival) and with the Consulate General of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Trade Agency have been celebrating Italian cinema for 16 years. It also has been promoting cultural events in the areas of music, theatre and culinary while bridging Italy with Canada.
The 2017-2018 season (running from Oct 2017- May 2018) has an outstanding lineup of Italian films including “Question Di Karma,” “Tiramisu,” “The Space Between,”
“Mister Felicita,” “Piuma,” “Partners in Crime,” “7 Minuti“, “Tutto Quello Che Vuoi” and “Non E’ Un Pase Per Giovani.”
For the February screening, the film, “Partners in Crime (Piccoli Crimini Coniugali)” had its Canadian premiere.
The audience enjoyed this dark film (with comedic undertones) starring two of Italy’s most popular stars: actress Margherita Buy (“His Secret Life,” “Mia Madre“, and “Saturn in Opposition“) and actor Sergio Castellitto (“Chronicles of Narnia” and “Mostly Martha“).
Piccoli Crimini Coniugali was written and directed by Alex Infascelli who is known for his films ” Almost Blue” and “The Vanity Serum.” It is adapted from the French novel by Eric- Emmanuel Schmitt. Gilles is a bestselling crime novelist who is returning home after being in an accident (falling down the stairs just outside their apartment), which caused amnesia. He no longer knows his wife and needs her help in finding out about himself and their life together. His wife describes their life is perfect at first but then the cracks of their marriage are soon revealed. Gilles starts to question his wife even more in his desire for the truth. They continue to debate, and the intensity of the pain of their marriage escalates taking both characters over the edge. There are a few flashbacks to when they first met each other and started their romance. The accident itself becomes an excellent source of heated discussion between the two, and the final outcome is quite surprising.
Margherita Buy and Sergio Castellitto both portray their characters beautifully and are quite believable. As the sole actors in the film, they were very skilled in keeping the audience’s attention, and they built up the tension very masterfully.Piccoli Crimini Coniugali is a film that stays with you even afterwards.
Before the screening, there was a reception at Maison Mercer. Guests enjoyed pizza, pasta, salad and Italian cookies.
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