Christmas at the cinema, from Spielberg to Borghi and Marinelli – A film a day

(ANSA) – ROME, DECEMBER 22 – The awaited theatrical release of Steven Spielberg’s latest effort leads the way in a series of titles that appear ideal for reviving the pleasure of cinema in theaters during these holidays.

– THE FABELMANS by Steven Spielberg with Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Jeannie Berlin, Keeley Karsten, Robin Bartlett, Oakes Fegley, Julia Butters, Gabriel Bateman, Judd Hirsch, Nicolas Cantu, Sam Rechner, Chloe East, Isabelle Kusman, David Lynch. Childhood, vocation and early adolescence of a cinema-sick boy who explicitly resembles the director, capable for the first time of narrating himself (almost) in the first person. Raised by his mother in a passion for art, little Sammy grows up in Arizona between the 50s and 60s and will have to face a painful family secret to find his way into his life. Curiosity in the cast: there is also a sly David Lynch. Destined to travel at full speed towards Oscar.

– MASQUERADE by Nicolas Bedos with Pierre Niney, Marine Vacth, Isabelle Adjani, James Wilby, François Cluzet, Laura Morante, Emmanuelle Devos, Charles Berling, Christiane Millet, Nicolas Briançon, Yann Lerat, Philippe Uchan. The hilarious French comedy that puts the rich, swindlers, artists and intellectuals in the pillory against the backdrop of the Côte d’Azur is already in theaters today. The former dancer Adrien, the actress on the way to sunset Martha (Isabelle Adjani makes a film within the film) and the young unscrupulous con artist Margot who will push Adrien to plot an unprecedented scam hold the court.

– EO by Jerzy Skolimowski with Lorenzo Zurzolo, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Isabelle Huppert, Sandra Drzymalska, Tomasz Organek. Donkeys are the real protagonists of this story which is embodied in the fatal observation of the ugliness of the world by one of them, the mild-mannered Balthasar, forced to wander throughout Europe after escaping from a circus in Poland. Bitter reinterpretation of Robert Bresson’s masterpiece.

– FAIRYTALE, A TALE by Alexandr Sokurov with Igor Gromov, Vakhtang Kuchava, Lothar Deeg, Tim Ettelt, Fabio Mastrangelo, Alexander Sagabashi, Michael Gibson, Pascal Slivansky. A film entirely built with archive images imagining the dictators of the twentieth century in conversation in Linbo awaiting divine judgment. A confirmation of the unique and visionary talent of the greatest living Russian director. An unmissable film.

– THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS by Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch with Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timi, Elena Lietti, Elisabetta Mazzullo. From the book by Paolo Cognetti, the story of the great friendship between Pietro and Bruno, one a mountain-loving tourist, the other a lifelong valley dweller. Growing up together, the two find themselves adults at the foot of the great mountain. A hymn to nature and humanity of feelings.

– WHITNEY, A VOICE BECAME LEGEND by Kasi Lemmons with Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci, Tamara Tunie, Clarke Peters, Ashton Sanders, Nafessa Williams, Tanner Beard, Lance A. Williams, Daniel Washington, Bria Danielle Singleton, Kris Sidberry.

Passionate biography of Rhythm and Blues’ most beloved singer Whitney Huston. his incomparable talent – THE BIG DAY by Massimo Venier with Aldo, Giovanni, Giacomo, Antonella Attili, Elena Lietti, Lucia Mascino, Margherita Mannino, Giovanni Anzaldo, Pietro Ragusa, Francesco Brandi, Dina Braschi, Andrea Bruschi, Davide Calgaro, Marouane Zotti, Noemi Apuzzo, Matilde Benedusi, Jerry Mastrodomenico, Eleonora Romandini, Roberto Citran, Francesco Renga. The great return of the Milanese trio coincides with the renewed empathy with their director-pygmalion on the screen. Here the pretext is the sumptuous wedding of Elio and Caterina, orchestrated in every detail by their parents Giovanni and Giacomo. It is a pity that among the guests there is also the new companion of Giovanni’s ex-wife, the ineffable Aldo, bearer of absolutely unpredictable misunderstandings and disasters. You can bet on success at the box office.

– LIVING by Oliver Hermanus with Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke, Adrian Rawlins, Oliver Chris, Michael Cochrane, Zoe Boyle, Lia Williams, Richard Cunningham, Patsy Ferran, John MacKay, Robert Burton Hubele, Anant Varman, Jessica Flood. Independent distribution for the romantic week (at times exhilarating, at other times painful) of the impeccable English bureaucrat William who, knowing that he now has little to live, decides to change his life by abandoning himself to everything he previously thought impossible.

– ERNEST AND CELESTINE, THE ADVENTURE OF THE 7 NOTES by Jean-Christophe Roger and Julien Chheng. Traveling to their native Land of Bears where once the harmony of music reigned, the two inseparable friends Ernest and Celestine are looking for someone who can repair their magical violin. Unfortunately they will discover that an edict has banned music from their homeland and will engage in a strenuous battle to return to their lost happiness. With them a group of friends and a masked outlaw. All the magic of European animation for a small masterpiece of grace to which famous voices contribute from Claudio Bisio to Lambert Wilson and Alba Rhorwacher. (HANDLE).

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