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AMBROSIA : the story of an exceptional Italian queer performer

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  Vincenzo D’Ambrosi, who calls himself an androgynous boy, is a 24 year old queer artist who performs a European cabaret-style drag at “La Boum” – Milan’s premiere gay club. Born in Naples where his family live in an apartment over their Tobacco Store in which his mother toils 18 hour days without a break.  … Continue reading



Bitter Years : the life of Italian Gay Liberationist Mario Mieli

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  Celebrated Italian queer theater and film director Andrea Adriatico’s latest movie is a biopic of Mario Mieli who was a leading figure in the Italian gay movement of the 1970s.  Mieli may be little known outside of Italy but his fascinating colorful life that abruptly ended when he was just 30 years old, makes … Continue reading



Fairytale : a delightful Italian queer absurdist comedy

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This delightfully eccentric queer Italian comedy is from married couple  writer Sebastiano Mauri making his directing debut and starring his husband and co-writer Filippo TImi.   Fairytale is adapted from a theatrical production of the same name which Timi also wrote and starred in and which premièred in 2011 to great acclaim. This last point is … Continue reading



The Disappearance of My Mother: Filmmaker’s ode to his elderly supermodel mother

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  Exactly why the veteran former supermodel Benedetta Barzini allowed her filmmaker son Beniamino Barrese to make this his very documentary on her is very unclear as most of the time she simply barks at him to F–k Off!  At 76 years old and with her well-worn face, it is still easy to see that … Continue reading



An Almost Ordinary Summer : until two family patriarchs want to marry

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This crowd-pleaser Italian rom-com is the tale of two polar opposite families who have unwitting been brought together for a summer vacation because the two patriarchs have a secret they want to share. The setting is a stunning seaside mansion which is the home of the rather grand art dealer Toni (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) who has … Continue reading



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