Reality (Matteo Garrone, 2012, Italy/France, 116 min.) will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 2 in Lecture Hall 6. Anyone familiar with Garrone’s gritty and relentless mafia drama Gomorrah (2008) might be surprised at this film about a humble Neopolitan fish-monger who becomes obsessed with appearing on the reality TV show Big Brother. Garrone’s signature roving camera ushers Luciano on an inexorable and delirious journey across the boundary that separates his mundane life and into the Fellini-esque world of television fantasies of celebrity and luxury. The style is both neo-realist and fantastic, poignant and absurd, but always profoundly human. Winner: Cannes, 2012 (Grand Jury Prize); Nominated: Cannes, 2012 (Palme d’or), Golden Globes-Italy (Best Cinematographer, Actor, 2012). Introduction by Olivia Holmes, associate professor of English and medieval studies.
Admission is $4. For questions or information, contact Nancy Wlostowsky via e-mail, or call 777-4998.