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April 21 to 24, 2011
08:00 pm


Italian Cultural Institute of New York
686 Park Avenue
10065 New York, NY
United States


April 22-23-24, 2011 – Tribeca Film Festival

Two decades after faking his death and disappearing from Naples, onetime hit man Rosario has earned all the rewards of a simple life in rural Germany. He has a lovely young wife, a new son, and a gratifying job as the proprietor of a restaurant and hotel. Then a young Italian man arrives in town on a mysterious mission with his hot-headed buddy in tow. When they're in need of a place to stay, it's not long before they arrive at Rosario's doorstep, and quickly the past comes flooding back.

A richly textured performance from the great Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) anchors this slow-burn dramatic thriller, a brilliant addition to the new school of sophisticated Italian crime films that focus more on character than action. Behind Rosario's mild-mannered façade, glimpses of an ingrained, inescapable violence seep out even before the Napolitani show up. Director Claudio Cupellini—never once resorting to hysterical "mob movie" clichés—orchestrates a subtle, accelerating suspense around Servillo's role as a conflicted family man whose attempts to protect those he loves the most invite only more pain.

A Quiet Life (Una vita tranquilla)
Italy, Germany, France, 2010, 100 min
Directed by: Claudio Cupellini
Written by: Filippo Gravino, Guido Iuculano, Claudio Cupellini
Cast: Toni Servillo, Marco D'Amore, Francesco Di Leva, Juliane Köhler, Leonardo Sprengler, Alice Dwyer
Producers: Fabrizio Mosca, Christervon Lindequist, Fabio Conversi
Director of Photography: Gergely Pohárnok
Editor: Giuseppe Trepiccione
Music: Teho Teardo
Sound: Michael Busch
Set Design: Erwin Prib

In Italian, German with English subtitles.

Fri, Apr 22, 5:30PM - SVA Theater 2 Beatrice
Sat, Apr 23, 7:00PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5
Sun, Apr 24, 9:45PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 8

Single tickets go on sale to American Express® Cardmembers on April 12, and to the general public on April 18.