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Directed by Nanni Moretti

Italy 2015 106 mins.

Moretti revisits themes of life, cinema, family ties, and guilt through the eyes of Marghertita, a besieged middle-aged director. She (Margherita Buy) is shooting a political film with a famous American actor (John Turturro) who is a pain on set and whose Italian is dismal. Wracked with artistic insecurities, her personal life is equally challenged by her mother’s worsening illness and her daughter’s continuing adolescence. A witty semi-biographical blend of comedy and pathos, Mia Madre revels equally in the comic, absurd, and tragic turns of art and life. Frequent collaborators Philip Glass and Arvo Part provide the music.

Sponsored by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura San Francisco.