Me and You
Io e te
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Showings
Sundance Kabuki CinemasSun, May 5, 2013 3:45 PM Not Available
 
Sundance Kabuki CinemasTue, May 7, 2013 4:00 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Premiere Status:Italy
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:103
Original Language:Italian
Credits
dir:Bernardo Bertolucci
prod:Mario Gianani
scr:Niccolo Ammaniti
Umberto Contarello
Francesca Marciano
Bernardo Bertolucci
cam:Fabio Cianchetti
editor:Jacopo Quadri
mus:Franco Piersanti
cast:Jacopo Olmo Antinori
Tea Falco
source:The Festival Agency
14 rue des Jeuneurs
Paris
75002
lv@thefestivalagency.com
 
 

 

 

 
Description

After nine years, maestro Bertolucci is back. Returning to the hermetic environments that made his prior two films The Dreamers (2003) and Besieged (1998) so memorable, his latest is a brother-and-sister tale that takes place predominantly in a basement storage area. Fourteen-year-old Lorenzo is a deeply antisocial boy whose mother sends him to therapy. When he pretends enthusiasm for an upcoming school ski trip, his mom gives him spending money and he goes out shopping for supplies. Rather than sundries for the slopes, however, Lorenzo stocks up on junk food, looking forward to a week alone in the basement of the building where he lives. His “staycation” dream is foiled, though, when his turbulent half-sister Olivia shows up seeking a place to kick her heroin habit. Fantasies of being “home alone” with his glamorous, semi-famous sibling quickly curdle as Lorenzo must contend with secrets from her past. As the two attempt to come to terms with their fractured family upbringing, they try find a way out of their respectively maladjusted lives. If the Berlusconi era is partly to blame, Bertolucci keeps that on a purely suggestive level, though he’s stated in an interview that the former prime minister “anaesthetized the brains of young people.” Based on a novel of the same title by Italian author Niccolò Ammaniti and featuring vivid production design revealing the cast-off belongings of the building’s various residents past and present, a great soundtrack (David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” plays an important role) and graceful performances by newcomers Jacopo Olmo Antinori and Tea Falco, Me and You details the turbulence of youth with all the expertise we have come to expect from this master filmmaker.
- Rod Armstrong

Special support for this program generously provided by
John and Karen Diefenbach
Additional Information

Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci was born in Parma in 1940 and first achieved fame as a poet. He made his first film, The Grim Reaper, at the age of 22 and is responsible for a string of brilliant films including The Conformist (1970), Last Tango in Paris (1972) and The Last Emperor (1987), the latter garnering Bertolucci an Academy Award for Best Director. Me and You was originally going to be shot in 3D, but he abandoned the idea when the cameras proved too cumbersome for the intimate environment of the film.

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