Cineforum Italiano: La kryptonite nella borsa

  • July 14, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Warmly received by the public and critics at the Rome International Film Festival, Kryptonite! is the directorial debut of highly regarded novelist and screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo (I Am Love).

It’s 1970s Naples and bullied, nine year-old Peppino is watching the world around him and his extended dysfunctional family change. Psychedelic flower power and hippie love is threatening the old traditional southern Italian family. Dad is having an affair and Mom has taken to her bed with depression.

Super-mod brother and sister Titina and Salvatore take the boy under their wings, introducing him to demonstrations and love-ins, whilst caped superhero Gennaro visits Peppino even after being knocked down and killed by the number 12 bus. It is the imaginary appearances of his older cousin that help the nine-year-old navigate the complicated adult world, as well as encouraging Peppino to accept his individuality in spite of what is said at home and at school.

With Italian versions of period classic songs, all the colors of peace and love amid the city’s backstreets, seventies-set Kryptonite! is a fresh, tender and funny tale exploring love, diversity and dreams.

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Director: Ivan Cotroneo

Released: 2011

Duration: 98 minutes.

In Italian with English subtitles.

Trama: Nella Napoli del 1973, Peppino Sansone, un sensibile bambino di 9 anni impacciato e occhialuto, vive in una famiglia alquanto bizzarra e sopra le righe; sua madre Rosaria è entrata in depressione e si è chiusa in un angosciante silenzio, dopo aver scoperto i tradimenti del marito commerciante. Il padre cerca di distrarre il figlio dalle vicende familiari regalandogli tre pulcini da allevare come animali da compagnia, che però faranno una brutta fine. A distrarre Peppino ci pensano i giovani zii hippie, Salvatore e Titina, che lo coinvolgono in feste in discoteca e manifestazioni femministe. Ma il più grande amico di Peppino è suo cugino Gennaro, un tipo strano che si crede Superman. Quando il cugino muore improvvisamente investito da un autobus, Peppino, grazie alla sua fantasia, lo riporta in vita nel suo immaginario, come supereroe e maestro di vita. Grazie ai suoi 'consigli', Peppino affronta le vicissitudini quotidiane e si avvicina al complicato mondo degli adulti.

Tra l'altro da alcuni dettagli si capisce che la morte di Gennaro è stata forse causata dalla sua inespressa omosessualità e sul finale del film il ragazzo insegna al bambino ad essere quello che si è, valorizzando le proprie diversità personali.

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  • 6:00 pm: Sign in, enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks during the film.
  • 6:15 pm: Program begins with introductions and film
  • 8:15 pm: The film will be followed by short discussion in the theater.
  • 8:30 pm: A small reception with another opportunity to socialize and discuss the film.


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  • Charles De M.

    As much as I would like to see the movie, I cannot as I will be out of town for the whole week. Enjoy, ciao!

    July 11, 2013

  • Livia

    Grazie, avete scelto bene!

    June 14, 2013

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