Contemporary Italian film in Kumu: Gianni Amelio's "L'Intrepido"

Scene from "L'Intrepido". (Courtesy of the Italian embassy)
9/19/2016 2:23 PM
Category: Culture

Antonio Pane works as a replacement in a variety of different jobs. They’re all short-term, as he only ever takes the place for someone else and never works in a job that would be his own.

Pane gets bored easily. When he happens to show up at a sewing factory, delivering pizza in his latest replacement job, he demonstrates his skills at one of the sewing machines.

So he really works beyond measure, but he manages to be happy in his own way. He does nothing but take the place of an absent worker, if just for a few hours.

Our hero makes the most of the little he has, and conveys a message: Money is not everything in life, and there is no reason why anyone should resign and lose themselves in depression. Instead, focus on what you have.

There’s a boy in his twenties, Antonio’s son. He plays the saxophone like a god, and is lucky to have the skill because he is an artist. Lucia, a restless and wary young woman, hides a secret behind her desire to get ahead in life.

Director Gianni Amelio’s film is set in present-day Italy, whose economy is struggling, and whose politics are all but clearly defined. The film’s characters try to come to terms with the challenges of their professional and private lives, Antonio with his diverse interests being uniquely equipped for an unstable economy, while the youngsters are trying to find their own way.

Gianni Amelio, L'Intrepido (Italy 2013)

Monday Sept. 20, 6 p.m., Kumu Auditorium

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Editor: Dario Cavegn

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