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Italo indies featured at annual showcase

'Kaputt Mundi' to open fest

ROME — Marco Risi’s apocalyptic comedy set in a Rome apartment complex one fateful New Year’s Eve, “Kaputt Mundi,” will open the eighth edition of New Italian Cinema Events, the annual showcase of recent Italo indie production, which runs at New York’s Quad Cinema Nov. 13-19 and at the Kabuki in San Francisco Nov. 18-22.

Seven titles will unspool in the feature competition, including Mimmo Calopresti’s drama about an emotionally unstable young woman’s hunger for affection, “Notes of Love,” which had its international premiere at the Directors Fortnight at Cannes earlier this year.

Guinea Pig

Also included is “Dust of Naples,” a surreal paean in three acts by director Antonio Capuano to his native city, and Fulvio Wetzl’s psychological thriller about the complex rapport between adults and children, “First the Music, Then the Words.” Andrej Chalimon (the Russian tyke from “Kolya”) stars as a child who is the guinea pig in his father’s linguistic experiment.

Four debut features will also compete. These include “Belleville,” Marco Turco’s story of convicted Italian terrorists living in exile in Paris, and “Open Sea,” Ferdinando Vicentini Orgniani’s drama set against the backdrop of the Bosnian conflict.

Parisian drug addicts

Rounding out the competition are Vincenzo Terracciano’s “Acts of Justice,” a courtroom thriller about a priest accused of molesting a young girl, and Davide Manuli’s “Go Around the World,” which chronicles a day in the life of a group of French and Italian drug addicts in suburban Paris.

The event’s city of Florence award will be bestowed based on the results of polls in both cities and presented to the winning director in San Francisco. A lineup of new Italian short films is also included in the fest.

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