The Department of French and Italian

Italian Film

Thu, April 3, 2008 | MEZ BO.306.100 (basement)

8:00 PM

n the grim housing projects of a Milan suburb Claudio (Marco Foschi) is a young man stuck working for two years at a frozen food warehouse where his uncle is the manager. He hangs with his longtime friend Manuel (Matteo Gianoli), who's a drug dealer and top dog among the layabouts at the project where they both live. The social focus of this world is the drab space below the apartments near the children's play area where the unemployed young men sit on benches talking of cars and bikes and girls and jobs and complaining about the scattering of foreigners. Like the lovely town squares of traditional Italian centri storici (historical centers), these soulless yards are called piazze. The guys who spend their days there are called plazari.

Claudio and Manuel both fall for a pretty girl named Maja (Valeria Solarino), who's just reappeared from London but hates it here and is in a hurry to raise cash to go back. Claudio takes Maja to swim at night at a fancy indoor pool and they strip, swim, and kiss.

This won the Grand Prix award at the 2004 Annecy Italian Cinema Festival. Director Antonio Bocola says we should think of (Fame Chimica) - this 'hunger', as a metaphor representing the urgent desire for a better life. Claudio and Manuel both have that larger hunger, but they're not equally successful in satisfying it.

-From xploitedcinema.com

Sponsored by: Il Circolo Italiano

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