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Italian auteurs are back in force in 2020 with Gianni Amelio, Gabriele Muccino, Carlo Verdone, Gabriele Mainetti, Paolo Genovese and Nanni Moretti. Gianni Amelio’s Hammamet will be released on  January 9th, and will deal with a key personality of the so-call First Republic, Bettino Craxi, former secretary of the Italian Socialist Party who fled to Tunisia in exile. Francesco Favino plays the lead role. Gabriele Muccino’s The Best Years opens on February 13th. It follows four friends throughout 40 years of history, from 1980 until today.

Claudio Noce’s Padre nostro relies once again on Pierfrancesco Favino in what appears to be the “off-est” project by the director of The Ice Forest. Inspired by a true story, the film tells the story of two young boys, Valerio and Christian, who during a fateful summer make a terrible discovery – the violence of the adults – and a wonderful one – the power of friendship. Carlo Verdone’s Si vive una volta sola, to be released in February, gives voice to his old passion for medicine in un film “à la My Friends” starring Rocco Papaleo, Max Tortora, and Anna Foglietta, playing four doctors on the road during a mysterious journey. Figli by the late Mattia Torre, then completed by Giuseppe Bonito, stars Valerio Mastandrea and Paola Cortellesi. Opening on January 23rd, the film tells the story of Nicola and Sara, a couple in love with a 6-year-old daughter. Everything looks perfect until a second child arrives. Another love story in Paolo Genovese’s Superheroes, focusing on the effects of the passing time on the couples, and asking an underlying question: “how many superpowers a couple should have in order to stand the test of time?” Following They Call It Jeeg, Gabriele Mainetti raises the bar with Freaks Out, focusing on a group of freaks wandering in a bomb-torn Rome during WW2.

Nanni Moretti’s Three Floors is based on the eponymous novel by Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo, and marks the first non-original script in the career of the Italian director. The film tells of the social tensions in a residential building inhabited by Margherita Buy, Riccardo Scamarcio, Alba Rohrwacher, Adriano Giannini, and Elena Lietti. The much-awaited Diabolik by the Manetti Bros stars Luca Marinelli, Miriam Leone, and Valerio Mastandrea, bringing to the big screen the world of the Giussani sisters in a version that shouldn’t betray the original wickedness of the cult comic book.

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