Through April 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the “17th Annual European Union Film Festival,” the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. This year’s festival presents the Chicago premieres of 64 new films from 26 EU nations, bringing the diverse national cultures of east and west Europe as close as your movie seat.
2012, Salvatore Mereu, Italy, 100 min.
With Sara Podda, Maya Mulas
“Bold and valiant…a top specimen of audacious filmmaking.”–Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye for Film
“Immersively evocative and grittily atmospheric, this is distinctive auteur fare.”–Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
The sordid confines of provincial life are counterpointed by the high spirits of adolescent girlhood in this energetic and inventive tale that, like director Mereu’s previous films (THREE-STEP DANCE, SONETÀULA), is set on his native Sardinia. Narrated by 12-year-old dynamo Caterina (Podda), the film opens with an raucous tour de force detailing the daily waking-up routine in her family’s cramped apartment–a symphony of noisy neighbors and screaming siblings, with the coveted bathroom the only oasis of privacy.