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Two Italian Screenings at 32nd Boston LGBT Film Festival

The Boston LGBT Film Festival presents the past, exhibits the present, and develops the future by supporting and displaying LGBT media works that challenge, encourage, and educate through the medium of the moving image and the power of queer cinema.

This year’s festival, running March 31 to April 10, will feature two Italian film screenings:

When: April 4, 2016 — 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Brattle Theater – 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA

Arianna is a teenager with emotional and physical insecurities who, unbeknown to her parents, embarks on a quest to discover her sexual identity during a summer trip to the family holiday home on the shores of Lake Bolsano. What follows is a coming of age drama featuring a topical twist, with Arianna attempting to cope with all the typical challenges young girl faces, yet also having to face the realization that her parents have lied to her and that nothing about her life is quite what it seems. Neither prurient nor sensationalist, this debut feature by Carlo Lavagna came out of a documentary he made on a real life case in Italy, but transposed the action to the everyday lives of a seemingly unassuming Italian family. Consequently, Arianna is an arresting, touching and inspiring story, superbly performed, particularly by wonderful newcomer Ondina Quadri, in the title role. Description courtesy of the London Film Festival.

Dir. Carlo Lavagna. Italy 2015, 84 min. Italian with English subtitles.

When: April 7, 2016 – 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Brattle Theater – 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA

Perhaps Italy’s first romantic comedy with a female couple at the center, ME, MYSELF AND HER stars Sabrina Ferilli as happily out restaurateur Marina and Margherita Buy (from Tognazzi’s previous A FIVE STAR LIFE) as Federica, a previously married architect whose fear of what others might think gives her pause about the relationship. With a light tone, this warm look at the everyday struggles of two people to build a life together strikes a universal chord.

Dir. Maria Sole Tognazzi. Italy 2015, 102 min. Italian with English subtitles.

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