Tuesday, January 17
(1998, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani) Literally, “You laugh.” Ex-baritone/now accountant Antonio Albanese wonders why he laughs in his sleep … and then finds out. Lousy disguises for the kidnapper of 19th century Sicilian doctor Turi Ferro, who recognizes former patients, but what if nobody wants to pay ransom – paralleled by a disturbing modern-day crime. From the directors of Kaos, Padre Padrone and Night of the Shooting Stars. 35mm courtesy Luce Cinecittà.
“There are no easy messages or pat conclusions. We never quite understand why these characters do the things they do. But the Tavianis never lose sight of their humanity. Even the most monstrous figures appear conflicted and pathetic in these films, adrift in a world that seems meaningless.”
– Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice