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The Shadow of the Day L'ombra del giorno


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Screening Information

June 10, 9:15 pm
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk
June 12 – June 13
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Italy
Year 2022
Running Time 125 MIN
Language Italian
Subtitles English
Director Giuseppe Piccioni

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Giuseppe Piccioni’s thoughtful melodrama is set against the backdrop of the rise of Italian fascism in the 1930s and the increasing oppression of its Jewish community. Luciano, a WWI veteran and non-committal member of the fascist party, runs a local restaurant in the picturesque provincial town of Ascoli Piceno. Complications arise when he falls in love with Esther, a woman who works in the restaurant, secretly hiding her Jewish identity. A love triangle, a striking murder, and stellar performances by an ensemble cast including Riccardo Scamarcio (Romanzo Criminale, To Rome with Love) and Vincenzo Nemolato (Gomorrah) combine to capture the era’s oppressive atmosphere and the cost of personal survival.

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Reviews “A reminder of the importance of guarding our own and everyone else’s freedoms.” - BMA Magazine

“Emotionally forceful and intelligent ... The Shadow of the Day eschews melodrama while it provides an emotionally forceful and intelligent anti-fascist statement." - GreenLeft