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An interview with the director of “Anime nere”

  “Black Souls” (Anime nere) is the latest Italian film to make its way to American shores, and it’s being warmly embraced by our critics and audiences. The title is appropriate for the tone of the film. It is very dark indeed. Its characters are trapped in a world dominated by organized crime. But “Black Souls” is not your typical mafia movie. It’s a story about brothers and family bonds. The cast — led by profoundly talented actors Marco Leonardi, Fabrizio Ferracone and Peppino Mazzotta — have so much chemistry, it’s easy to forget you’re watching a movie. Africo, the ...

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A review of “Anime nere”

  The international appeal of Italian cinema is growing with each passing year. American audiences in particular are being treated to dozens of contemporary Italian films through festivals all over the country. However, it isn’t every day that we get a nationwide theatrical release. Such is the case with Francesco Munzi’s latest film, “Anime nere” (Black Souls). The title is appropriate for the tone of the film. It is indeed a very dark film in which its characters are trapped in a world where their lives are dominated by organized crime. When I first saw the film, my initial reaction ...

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“Anime nere” explores Italy’s darker side

  Contemporary Italian cinema is gaining momentum worldwide with each passing year. When I began writing for Fra Noi back in 2004, I could count on one hand the contemporary Italian film festivals held in America. Fast forward to 2015, and there are dozens of series and festivals across the country that showcase the latest in Italian cinema. That popularity has captured the attention of film distributors, leading them to discover how much Americans really enjoy a good Italian movie. Francesco Munzi’s “Anime nere” (Black Souls) is the latest example of this trend. The film gained international acclaim when it ...

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