Director: Massimiliano Bruno
Length: 102 mins
Cast: Marco Giallini, Alessandro Gassman, Valeria Bilello, Caroline Crescentini, Teresa Romagnoli
Language: In Italian with English subtitles
They’re back! The utterly dynamic duo who charmed the Festival in 2017 with God Willing, return as warring rivals once more, and this time it’s a war of modernity as a strict, old-fashioned teacher finds himself at odds with his cheerful young counterpart.
Ernesto (Marco Giallini) is a tech-phobic high school Italian teacher (he’s the proud owner of a Nokia from 1995), and this attitude is reflected in his relationship with his students – cut-off, distant and austere. Filipo (Alessandro Gassman) on the other hand is newly arrived, a cheerful, open-minded mathematics teacher who’s never not connected online. Highly social, he loves taking selfies with his students and encourages them to jump online whenever a question comes up they can’t answer.
Their enmity is not only due to their different teaching styles. The men have known each their whole lives, but when Ernesto and Filipo fell for the same woman, Marianna, their friendship was torn apart. When Marianna’s daughter turns up to their school, Ernesto will have to learn to connect and Filipo will have to learn to disconnect in order to build a relationship with her.
The Screening Room, Masterton
Sunday 19 August, 1.30pm
Monday 20 August, 6.00pm
The Bridgeway, Auckland
Friday 31 August, 11.00am
Tuesday 4 September, 8.00pm
Monday 10 September, 6.30pm