OK you lucky New Yorkers, a must see film from Valeria Golino; ‘Miele’ (Honey) opens tonight at the Film Society at Lincoln Center, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The film is sponsored by Cinema Made In Italy and will open in LA (March 14), and then DC and Miami (March 28), with more cities to follow.
Miele, starring Jasmina Trinca (The Son’s Room, The Best of Youth), has a dark theme, euthanasia, but it isn’t really a suicide movie; it’s more about the people that have to spend a little too much time on death’s front porch. Irene, played by Trinca, could have been a soldier, a cancer doctor, or a psychic who conducts seances. She’s belongs that society of people that see death every day and have to pretend that they don’t when they are out in the real world.
Miele is actress Valeria Golino’s directorial debut, and having already established herself as an actress in both Italy and the US (Rain Man, Hot Shots!, Indian Runner, Respiro) she is currently starring in Paolo Virzì’s wonderful new movie that will be in competition at the Tribeca Film festival, La Capitale Umano (Human Capital).
Miele premiered at that Cannes Film Festival, was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Jasmine Trinca was named Best Actress at the Italian Golden Globes, and she and Golino won Nastro D’Argento Awards for Best Actress and Best Director.
This is one of those DO NOT MISS opportunities and I’ll be watching for dates in the other cities, but for now, for those of you in NYC:
The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
144 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
Showtimes: 11:45am 2:00 4:15 6:45 9:30pm
The Cinema Made in Italy series is sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and they have 3 more films after Honey. They will be released in the spring: Bernardo Bertolucci’s Io e Te (Me & You) Marco Bellocchio’s Bella Addormentata (Dormant Beauty) and Gianni Amelio’s L’Intrepido (A Lonely Hero).