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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival
Mimmo Calopresti and Marcello Fonte in person!

Aspromonte: Land of the Forgotten

Aspromonte - La terra degli ultimi

2019, Mimmo Calopresti, Italy, 86 min.
With Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marcello Fonte

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 29th 2:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 31st 6:00pm

"A poignant film, whose fairy-tale elements in no way detract from the authenticity and urgency of the story."—Vittoria Scarpa, CineEuropa

The isolated village of Africo needs a doctor. Nestled high in the Aspromonte mountains of Calabria, it lacks a road to the outside world, and people die before they can be transported down steep, rocky paths to a distant town with medical facilities. Facing indifference from the government and violent threats from the local mafioso (Sergio Rubini), the villagers band together to build the road themselves. Meanwhile, a newly arrived teacher from the north (the radiant Bruni Tedeschi) is building a road of a different sort, by teaching the local children standard Italian that will integrate them with the rest of the country. Aided by luminous cinematography and a top-notch cast (including Fonte of DOGMAN as the village poet), director Calopresti invests this stirring story with epic sweep and a sense of tragic irony: the very means that the Africesi fight for to improve their village might also pave the way for an exodus that will leave it a ghost town. In Italian and Calabrian dialect with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Minerva Pictures. (MR)

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our originally scheduled appearance has been canceled. The movie will still be screened as planned

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