Manuela is a 13-year-old girl from the sprawling, dilapidated suburb of Librino in southern Sicily. She lives with her dysfunctional family and works sweeping floors in a hair salon. After the head of a Virgin Mary statue disappears, Manuela announces one morning that the Madonna appeared to her in a dream - and told her the whereabouts of the statue's head! As news of the vision spreads, Manuela's quixotic mother realizes there's good money in miracles. But was it a miracle, or was Manuela just bored?
A playful satire, LOST KISSES feels like the collision of a moral tale and a fairy tale. Director Roberta Torre, whose prior work includes a musical about the Mafia, strikes a clever tone, mixing drab realism with sardonic humor, splashes of vibrant color, and fabulist flourishes (it's an exceedingly bizarre hair salon). While the film plays with the idea of miracles in our image-obsessed material world, it is grounded emotionally in the relationship between mother and daughter.
Trama: Manuela, tredici anni vissuti a Librino, un quartiere "modello", periferico e degradato di Catania, un giorno si inventa di poter fare miracoli. La gente non desidera che crederle e da quel momento irrompe nella sua vita un'umanità affamata e bisognosa che le chiede di tutto: dal posto di lavoro perduto alla vincita al Totocalcio. Mentre sua madre Rita intravede la possibilità di farne un commercio, Manuela si spaventa e vorrebbe smettere di fare la santa, ma non è più così facile. Perché suo malgrado un miracolo succede davvero...
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4:00 pm: Sign in, enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks during the film.
4:15 pm: Program begins with introductions and film
6:15 pm: The film will be followed by small reception with gelato which provides an opportunity to socialize and discuss the film.
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Getting to Letelier Theater: Street parking is free on Sundays. There's also a parking garage available directly next to the theater on Prospect Street for $5/hr. There are several public transportation options. The theater website describes the options in detail: http://leteliertheater.com/directions/
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We're the original Italian language meetup group in our area, the largest, and still the fastest growing. Tutti possono aderire al nostro gruppo. Se ci aiuti a crescere... cresceremo insieme!
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Tutti a tavola: We offer Italian cooking lessons where you can learn the art and traditions of Italian cooking while speaking Italian.
L'aperitivo italiano: We enjoy Happy Hour events in Italian style. We often celebrate with our friends in the "Italians in DC" group. Cin-Cin!
And it doesn't stop there. We're always looking for new opportunities to socialize while enjoying Italian language and culture. We participate in guided museum tours, lectures, exhibits, street festivals, concerts, sporting events and cultural events at the Italian embassy and other locations. All the events are selected with the Italian and italophile in mind. You'll see the exact time and location for events once you join our group.