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
Thomas, 9 years old, passionate about computers, has transformed his house into a vast playground, mined with traps, cameras and secret passages. On the evening of December 24th, he is determined to capture Santa Claus and waits for him to come, hidden under a table.
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…
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
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
A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.
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.
Dora, who witnesses her husband’s suicide, returns to live in her old house, with Bruno, her new partner and her son Marco, from her first marriage. Marco acts increasingly strangely as he becomesvery attracted by the brick wall in the cellar…
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.
Two roommates’ lives are upended after finding out that their new Manhattan apartment harbors a dark secret.
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.
France, Germany, Japan
language: French and English
Late on a cold night, teenage Casey decides to take the World’s Fair Challenge, an online role-playing horror game. Slowly, she begins to lose herself, caught between dream and reality.
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 desert scenes.