The Stuff of Dreams
La stoffa dei sogni
2016, Gianfranco Cabiddu, Italy, 99 min. With Sergio Rubini, Ennio Fantastichini.
- Fri, Mar 10th 6:00pm
- Wed, Mar 15th 8:15pm
Art and nature are the touchstones of this gloriously theatrical, gorgeously scenic spin on "The Tempest." A shipwreck makes for strange stage-fellows when a group of convicted Camorra criminals and a ragtag company of actors wash up together on the Mediterranean prison island where warden DeCaro (Fantastichini) lives with his restless daughter Miranda. When the gangsters infiltrate the theatrical troupe, DeCaro commands them to put on a performance of "The Tempest" in order to separate the thugs from the thespians. Writer-director Cabiddu draws inspiration from both Shakespeare and Eduardo de Filippo, the great Neapolitan playwright whose influence is seen in the film’s enchanting mixture of the earthy and the fanciful. Veteran actor Rubini excels as the hangdog leader of the troupe, but the real star of the film is the unspoiled island of Asinara off the northwest tip of Sardinia. In Italian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Paco Cinematografica. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)