These two famous Italian- Americans reminded me that Barnes and Noble has some great Italian DVDs for sale as well!
SHORT SKIN (I Dolori Del Giovane Edo)
As if sexuality isn’t awkward enough for teenagers, Edoardo’s embarrassing medical condition makes normal relationships with girls seem hopeless. Director Duccio Chiarini has crafted a coming of age story like no other, using phimosis, a congenital deformity of the penis as the teen’s barrier to happiness.
At this point in Edo’s life it’s all he can focus on, and his bickering parents, annoying little sister, and best friend are all just background noise, something he wishes he could turn off. The neighbor girl is the love of his life, but how can he ever have her? He’s deformed; his life is ruined.
It’ll take a kindly prostitute, a punk rock girl, and a practical doctor to rescue him from his terrible fate, and I’m not spoiling anything to tell you that he is, of course, rescued. This is a comedy, not a tragedy.
Combining an Italian director and screenwriter(Saverio Costanzo) , a New York location and English language screenplay, a top Italian actress (Alba Rohrwacher) and an American rising star (Girls star Adam Driver), Hungry Hearts makes for an eerily engaging emotional thriller.
A chance meeting in the bathroom of a New York City Chinese restaurant brings Jude, a young American engineer and Mina, an Italian girl working for the embassy together and a pregnancy seals the deal. But the romantic idea of throwing caution to the wind and marrying someone you know too little about is a bad one for Jude.
The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi)
Based on a book, The Dinner by Dutch author Herman Koch, Ivano De Matteo’s I Nostri Ragazzi (The Dinner) was one of the best films of 2014.
I was a big fan of Koch’s The Dinner, so I was surprised and delighted to find a movie that actually improved the book. In the book, a major part of the dialogue takes place over the course of one unpleasant evening, but De Matteo’s movie’s more natural plot progression and the changing settings in the movie are more natural and less claustrophobic. De Matteo ultimately “fixes” all the problems of the book, makes it more human and less excessively theatrical.
And many others, like these, in the B&N Italian DVD Section: