Antonio Padovan, Italy, 2017, 101 min., Italian w/ English subtitles
This elegant, beautifully photographed murder mystery incorporates a strong environmental message and an inside story of the competitive Prosecco business in the Veneto region. The dashing, opinionated Count Ancillotto (Rade Serbedzija), as unstinting in his criticism of a nearby pollution-producing factory as he is proud of his family's heritage of making the finest Prosecco, kills himself with the flair and style that have marked his life. The motives for the suicide are mysterious, and the mystery deepens when a couple of the Count's best-known enemies are gunned down. Portly police inspector Stucky (Battiston), a socially awkward outsider of half-Persian descent, is assigned to this baffling case in which the main suspect is a dead man. The trail leads Stucky to a sharpshooting Venetian prostitute, a crazed gravedigger, and an exclusive Prosecco brotherhood, but the real revelation for the policeman is the late Count's credo of savoring the finer things in life and fighting to preserve them.
A free admission film festival made possible thanks to the support of New Italian Cinema Events.
Penn Cinema & Media Studies, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, presents the 2018 edition of NEW ITALIAN CINEMA. The festival has been curated by Nicola M. Gentili and aims at showing very recent Italian released films in Philadelphia.
All movies in Italian with English subtitles.