L'Ospite (The Guest)

Duccio Chiarini - 2nd Feature, 2018, 122 min, in Italian w/English subtitles

A 40-ish Italian wannabe writer and substitute teacher becomes a couch nomad after his girlfriend dumps him in the generically named but very enjoyable The Guest (L’ospite). This second outing from writer-director Duccio Chiarini, after his Venice and Berlin-selected debut, 2014's Short Skin, slowly morphs from a comedy into an affecting melodrama that charts the difficulties of a generation less interested in commitment, whether it be in relationships, jobs or, more generally, in life.

Penn Cinema & Media Studies, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, presents the 2019 edition of NEW ITALIAN CINEMA - a free admission film festival made possible thanks to the support of New Italian Cinema Events. The festival has been curated by Nicola M. Gentili and aims to present very recent Italian-released films in Philadelphia.

All movies in Italian with English subtitles.