2017, Giacomo Durzi, Italy, 72 min.
- Sat, Mar 23rd 6:00pm
- Mon, Mar 25th 7:45pm
"Like a good book club session, Ferrante Fever is fun because it’s nice to be in the company of people who are as crazy about these novels as you are."--Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post
This timely documentary explores the phenomenon that is Elena Ferrante, the pseudonymous Italian author whose novels (including "My Brilliant Friend," recently adapted into a hit HBO series), combining literary sophistication with can't-put-it-down readability, have sold millions of copies, gained critical acclaim, and earned the cult-like devotion of fans around the world. The author, who fiercely and famously guards her anonymity, does not appear in the film, although there are voiced excerpts from her letters and interviews. Rather than prying into the mystery of Ms. Ferrante's identity, the film centers on the books themselves and the factors that make them so compelling, such as their unique perspective on female friendship and the vivid textures of their Neapolitan settings. Among the roster of admirers and literary insiders who appear in the film are novelists Elizabeth Strout and Jonathan Franzen, film-adaptation directors Roberto Faenza and Mario Martone, and translator Ann Goldstein, who, in the absence of the author herself, has become something of a celebrity. In Italian and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment LLC. DCP digital. (MR)
Director Giacomo Durzi is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings. The discussions will be moderated by Veronica Vegna, Senior Lecturer and Italian Language Coordinator at the University of Chicago.