Italian cinema at Cleveland Cinemateque, University Circle

cleveland-cinematheque-ohio“Miele”, “Honey” directed by Valeria Golino. This Italian drama film was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it won a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury. It was nominated for the 2013 Lux Prize. At the 53rd Italian Golden Globe won three awards for Best First Feature, Best Actress and Best New Director. It also won awards at the 67th Nastri d’Argento for Best New Director, Best Actress, and Best Sound.


Irene helps terminally ill people to die with dignity by giving them a drug. One day, while working with a new client, she supplies the fatal dose only to discover he is perfectly healthy. Determined not to be responsible for his suicide, Irene finds herself locked in an unusual relationship that will change her life forever. Italian with English subtitles


Friday, June 13, 5:15PM
Saturday, June 14, 7:00PM


“Il Sorpasso”, “The Easy Life”, directed by Dino Risi, 1962.
In one of the great examples of Commedia all’italiana, a brash, middle-aged playboy (Vittorio Gassman) takes an uptight young law student (Jean-Louis Trintignant) on a two-day, top-down, summer joy ride in his sports car. Racing into Rome early one morning, smooth-talking, fast-walking Vittorio Gassman just needs to borrow someone’s phone – even sleepy, uptight Jean-Louis Trintignant’s will do.


Bored and with nothing better on tap, the two hit the road in Gassman’s souped-up Lancia Aurelia, blazing past farmers, priests, and bicyclists, honking horns at beautiful tourists, and shambling through Italy’s beautiful beaches. But what’s at the end of the road? Perhaps the first modern-day road movie, and a favorite of directors from Martin Scorsese to Alexander Payne, Il Sorpasso was a smash hit in Italy and abroad, yet has remained unavailable in this country for decades. Janus Films is proud to present this masterpiece of the Commedia all’italiana in a new restoration sourced from the original camera negative. Italian with English subtitles.


Thursday, June 19, 7:45PM
Saturday, June 21, 5:00PM