Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere! Fabio Mollo in person!

There Is A Light

Il padre d'Italia

2017, Fabio Mollo, Italy, 94 min. With Luca Marinelli, Isabella Ragonese.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 10th 5:00pm

Fabio Mollo's second feature, arriving five years after his acclaimed debut SOUTH IS NOTHING, blends an offbeat love story with a freewheeling road movie to examine a generation poised on the brink of adulthood. Paolo (Marinelli) - thirtyish, gay, and morose - has recently broken up with his longtime boyfriend over the issue of raising children, which Paolo believes is unnatural for gay men. He is nursing his sorrow in a Turin nightclub when a woman collapses in his arms. Enter Mia (Ragonese), a six-months-pregnant free spirit living from hand to mouth, who commandeers Paolo to join her in a haphazard search for the child's father. After "borrowing" his boss's van, they head south, to Rome, Naples, and Calabria, on a journey that takes them beyond sexual categories, over-prolonged youth, and the weight of their pasts. Citing Xavier Dolan and Gianni Amelio as influences, director Mollo delivers a rich character study built on performances that demonstrate why Marinelli (also seen in RAINBOW and LET YOURSELF GO) and Ragonese are two of Italy's hottest actors. In Italian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Rai Com. DCP digital. (MR)

March 10: Director Fabio Mollo is scheduled to appear for audience discussion. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Chiara Fabbian, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Italian Program at UIC.

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