Primo Amore

The screening is part of the series Matteo Garrone: The Dark Side of Italian Cinema, organized by UCSB Professor Anna Brusutti and co-sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Department and the Carsey-Wolf Center.

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Pollock Theater, UCSB, CA

Cost: $5

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Film Screening


In Primo Amore, the film released two years after The Embalmer, the filmmaker Matteo Garrone continues to explore obsessive passions and fatal attractions. Vittorio is looking for a woman who matches his ideal. Through a classified ad he meets Sonia, a sweet, pleasant, intelligent girl. However, she weighs 125 pounds -- which according to Vittorio is way too much. A goldsmith by trade, Vittorio is obsessed with the desire to shape Sonia's body and mind as does a fire with gold. Almost imperceptibly Sonia becomes a passive participant and the relationship grows into a reciprocal masochistic game. When the two lovers isolate themselves in a country house in the Veneto hills, they dangerously lose touch with reality and the rest of the world.

Matteo Garrone is an award winning Italian film maker. He won Best Director at the European Film Awards for Gomorrah. His latest film Reality competed in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prix. Primo Amore has won the Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Film Music at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.

Phone: 805-893-4637

Event posted March 20, 2013
Last updated March 20, 2013


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