Les insomniaques

Like the Cinéma Public, this new series of screenings at Casa d’Italia is a departure from the usual cinema programming. The Insomniaques screening invites film lovers to discover a new universe with a creative vision without limits. Giving free rein to their instincts and whimsical desires, this series is distinguished by crazy and uncompromising films for the most reckless filmgoers.

In partnership with Fantasia

Past program

Carnival of Souls

A young musician named Mary survives a terrible car accident. She leaves her hometown to work in another city. But there, she finds herself persecuted by a man that only she can see. She also finds herself irresistibly drawn to a strange abandoned carnival…

Herk Harvey

language: English
subtitles: French

78 min

Past program


Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

David Lynch

language: English

89 min

International cinema (Livart)

Laissez bronzer les cadavres

After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield.

Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Belgium, France

language: French
subtitles: English

92 min

International cinema (Livart)

Sexy Beast

Former thug, Gary (Gal) Dove lives a peaceful retirement on the Spanish Costa Del Sol with his beloved wife DeeDee. But his future is once again challenged by the arrival of one of his former comrades-in-arms, Don Logan, ready to do anything to force him to participate in a last job in London…

Jonathan Glazer
United-Kingdom, Spain

language: English
subtitles: French

88 min

Les insomniaques (Casa d'Italia)


Tampopo, a young widow, runs a mediocre noodle soup restaurant in a working-class district of Tokyo. She struggles bravely and aspires only to an honest life, until the day when a cowboy-like truck driver, Goro, enters her life. Together, they will try to elaborate the ultimate ramen recipe. 

Jûzô Itami

language: Japonais
subtitles: français

114 min

Past program

The Scary of Sixty-First

Two roommates’ lives are upended after finding out that their new Manhattan apartment harbors a dark secret.

Dasha Nekrasova

language: English

82 min

Past program

Trouble Every Day

A portrait of devouring passion, Trouble Every Day is Claire Denis’s most troubling work, but its potency derives less from its explicit images than from the sincerity with which it pursues its carnal conceit.

Claire Denis
France, Germany, Japan

language: French and English
subtitles: bilingual

105 min

International cinema (Livart)

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point attempts to synthesize the student protest movement and free love ethos into a story of brooding masculinity and generational ennui. A visual feast that juxtaposes hyper-commercialized cityscapes with wide open dessert scenes.

Michelangelo Antonioni
United States

language: English
subtitles: French

112 min

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