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Special event: KRYPTONITE!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM (PDT)

Special event: KRYPTONITE!

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Sponsored by the Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute

Co-Presented by USC

 Directed by Ivan Cotroneo

Cast: Valeria Golino, Cristiana Capotondi, Luca Zingaretti, Libero De Rienzo, Fabrizio Gifuni

Runtime: 98 minutes, Year: 2011

Country: Italy, Language: Italian, with English Subtitles



About the film:

Warmly received by the public and critics at the Rome International Film Festival, Kryptonite! is the directorial debut of highly regarded novelist and screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo (I Am Love).

It’s 1970s Naples and bullied, nine year-old Peppino is watching the world around him as his extended dysfunctional family change. Psychedelic flower power and hippie love is threatening the old traditional southern Italian family. Dad is having an affair and Mum has taken to her bed with depression.

Super-mod brother and sister Titina and Salvatore take the boy under their wings, introducing him to demonstrations and love-ins, whilst caped superhero Gennaro visits Peppino even after being knocked down and killed by the number 12 bus. It is the imaginary appearances of his older cousin that help the nine-year-old navigate the complicated adult world, as well as encouraging Peppino to accept his individuality in spite of what is said at home and at school.

With Italian versions of period classic songs, all the colours of peace and love amid the city’s backstreets, seventies-set Kryptonite!is a fresh, tender and funny tale exploring love, diversity and dreams.



Annecy Italian Cinema Festival: Award for Best Actress

Rome Film Fest: Nomination for Golden Marc'Aurelio Award

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Nominations for Best Actress, Comedy and Costume Design

Golden Globes, Italy: Nomination for Best Actress

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Istituto Italiano di Cultutra Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM (PDT)

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● A Graduate Student-run screening series of new sneak previews, LA premieres, and cult
or classic repertory films that runs twice weekly throughout the UCLA academic year. Films are frequently accompanied by special guests, cast or crew, Q&A sessions and more.

● Funded by the Graduate Students Association and ASUCLA Student Interaction Fund.

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