Angelo Acerbi's Picks

SIFF Programmer Angelo Acerbi picks some of highlights from the 2018 Festival.

Angelo Acerbi

Edward II

Having the chance to see this masterpiece in its gorgeous big-screen version is a gift not to be missed. This is a film that carves its way into your mind and soul and stays there forever. The best film of Derek Jarman; one that defined his craft and style.

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Little Tito and the Aliens

Little Tito and the Aliens

Surreal, funny, and sweet, it's the story of two orphans that are sent from Naples to the USA to stay with their weird uncle scientist. A little film with a big heart, with sincere laughters, heartfelt tears, and an irresistible kid, Tito, who has to come to term with death and extraterrestrial existence. You will keep smiling for days after watching this.

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Sweet Country

Sweet Country

Who says westerns have to be USA-exclusive? This Australian version of a typical western genre film is mesmerizing in its beauty, bold in his narrative, and fascinating all over. Incredible landscapes frame the harsh and violent life in the Australian outback where the Aborigines were stripped of their land and turned into slaves. Rigorous and elegant.

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The Heiresses

The Heiresses

A surprising first feature, a drama about solitude told in whispers and murmurs, delicate and intense at the same time, with naturalistic acting and humor. A simple story, about women ageing and the ghost of the future—family, love, and friendship—with award-winning actresses, masterfully led with a firm hand by a young director who will be around for a long time.

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Nico, 1988

Nico, 1988

Nico was an icon with Warhol and The Velvet Underground. What happened to her? Here is the story of the last years of Nico, as a solo artist and a woman and a mother. This adds to the image of the icon and goes further, celebrating the woman and the real artist beyond the glamour and the beauty. And a hell of a soundtrack, too.

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After the War

After the War

The 1970s were the years of terrorism in Italy. An ex-terrorist who's now a refugee in France is accused of planning the killing of a judge in Italy, and he has to flee again. The film starts from this moment to paint a fresco of a family who stumbled into, torn between the responsibility of family ties and the violence of a country who does not want to forget or forgive. A deep family (and political) drama.

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Hard Paint

Hard Paint

Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon, the fantastic duo of New Brazilian Cinema, are back. With their typical grace and lightness, they tell the story of a young guy who earns his living as an erotic performer on the internet, painting with neon colors. Delicate and powerful, the film is a window into the life of young people in Porto Alegre, a city where everyone is passing by, waiting to leave for a better place.

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Beast

Beast

You will be bewitched by the beauty of the images (the Isle of Jersey, is the strongest character here), shocked by the harshness of some people in it, and seduced by the developments of this thriller, one of the most promising first features in ages. Even if it sounds like something you‘ve seen, this film will surprise you until the very last minute.

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Revenge

Revenge

A blast. An over-the-top action film about revenge. A woman enters a spiral of violence when seeking revenge for a sexual assault. Everything is pushed to the limit and beyond, and the lead character and the director both being women gives the film an additional significance. Cars, violence, blood, guns, hate, and revenge: a highly entertaining romp, fearless and extreme. Big cinematic fun.

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My Big Gay Italian Wedding

My Big Gay Italian Wedding

If you want some healthy slapstick fun, you must see this film. When an Italian gay guy who lives happily in Berlin has to go back home to tell the parents that he is gay and he's getting married, anything can happen-and it does. An important cast for an intelligent and easy-going film on an issue not so easy to handle in Italy. Seriously funny, and campy.

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