If Life Gives You Lemons (with short Magic Alps)

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Italy | 2018 | 90 minutes | Ciro DeEmilio

November 10, 2018

Small town teen Antonio dreams of playing soccer, but his mother's illness forces him to grow up fast in this intimate and bittersweet coming-of-age story.

In his first feature film, director Ciro D'Emilio creates a deeply personal and intimate view of Southern Italian life and the complex dynamics between a son and his mother. Seventeen year-old Antonio has a dream: to play professional soccer. When a talent scout comes looking for new recruits to take to the Parma team's Primavera, Antonio's relationship with his mother is tested, and the future he's dreamed of comes at a high cost.

This film will be proceeded by the following short film with filmmakers Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi, and Andrea Italia in attendance

Magic Alps

d. Andrea Brusa | Italy | 15 min | 2018

An Afghan refugee arrives in Italy with his goat and seeks political asylum for both of them.

  • Original Language Title: Un giorno all’improvviso
  • Director: Ciro DeEmilio
  • Principal Cast: Anna Foglietta, Giampiero De Concilio, Massimo de Matteo, Lorenzo Sarcinelli
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Andrea Calbucci, Maurizio Piazza
  • Screenplay: Cosimo Calamini, Ciro D'Emilio
  • Cinematographers: Salvatore Landi
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes