Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

One Kiss

Un bacio

2016, Ivan Cotroneo, Italy, 102 min. With Rimau Ritzberger Grillo, Valentina Romani.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 18th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Mar 23rd 8:15pm

“An insightful teen drama that adroitly tackles a whole slew of issues such as homophobia, bullying and date-rape sex.” — Roger Walker-Dack, Queer Guru

New kid Lorenzo’s in-your-face gayness provokes hostility among his high-school classmates but sparks a volatile odd-trio bond with two other outcasts: Blu, a cynical “school slut” and aspiring novelist, and Antonio, a taciturn, antisocial basketball player. Director Cotroneo (screenwriter for the previous CEUFF hits I AM LOVE and A FIVE STAR LIFE) counterpoints his serious social themes with a tone of high-spirited rebellion, but he proves just as adept at shifting gears with gut-punch effectiveness. The film is dominated by the flamboyant Lorenzo and his pop-song-fueled fantasies, but the last word belongs to Blu, the writer, to show how heartbreakingly easy it would have been for things to have ended differently. In Italian with English subtitles. Courtesy of TLA Releasing. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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