It’s Just In My Head 2020
È solo nella mia testa (original title)
17min | Short, Drama, Romance | 30 March 2021 (USA)
Andreas and Alessandro are two friends who have known each other since childhood. Now that they have grown up, they study at university in different cities but they always spend the summer together in the place where they were born: a seaside resort that regularly fills up with tourists every year. They have two opposite characters: taciturn and diffident Andreas, expansive and optimistic Alessandro; lonely and without sexual experiences the first, full of friends and already engaged with a girl for a long time the second. Summer is now coming to an end; both Andreas and Alessandro must return to the city to resume university life. Andreas will be leaving in a few days, while Alessandro has to wait for his girlfriend, Daniela, to do some things in the family, in order to be able to come back with her. Before leaving, Andreas decides to give Alessandro a gift: he leaves an envelope full of printed selfies in his friend’s mailbox, some of which are dedicated on the back, hoping that Alessandro will finally be able to notice the love that Andreas always has tried for him.
Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides. The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, revelling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?
Tillsammans (original title)
1h 46min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 August 2000 (Sweden)
It is the 1970s and a group of very different individuals live together as a community. One of the members’ sister, Elisabeth, needs a new place to stay with her children after having had enough of her alcoholic and abusive husband. Elisabeth is neither a socialist nor a feminist nor into the green movement but ends up loving living in the community where they all learn from each other. The film makes a little fun of people with strong ideals and “square” minds whether they be vegans, communists or people who absolutely disgust vegans or socialists. In the end, the message of the film is that people can grow and gain from bonding with each other. It also shows how we need to shape up a little for this to work, either through working on our behavior that affects other people badly (like alcoholism or abuse) or the need to set boundaries and not let other people walk all over oneself.
Two antisocial adolescents, resentful against their classmates and teachers, intend to provoke commotion in the school through a series of anonymous acts of vandalism. Little by little, the game is losing its naive side and the two young people are submerged in a dangerous spiral of violence that seems to have no limits.
Menino de Engenho 1965
1h 22min | Drama | 28 September 1993 (Brazil)
1920, in Paraíba. After his mother’s death, the boy Carlinhos (Sávio Rolim) is sent to the Santa Rosa mill to be raised by his grandfather and uncles. There he witnesses the arrival of a new era, with the advent of modern sugar mills and the economic and social transformations that sugarcane production goes through, changes that will affect everyone’s life. When he grows up and goes to school, he is no longer the naive and innocent boy who arrived at the mill.