This December World Movies takes you to Italy over two nights as we embrace the country of good food, fine wine and provocative cinema.
Monday 11 November 8.30pm Australian Television Premiere
The First On The List (Italy, 2011)
After the student demonstrations and working-class strikes, a rumour circulates amongst the student movement that Italy is preparing for a military coup similar to the one that occurred in Greece in 1967. It would be best for the political students to leave home for a while. Pino Masi, noted writer of revolutionary songs including ‚ÄúBallad of Pinelli‚Äù, decides to get away with two high school students who wanted to perform concerts with him, Renzo Lulli and Fabio Gismondi. On the road near the Yugoslavian border, the three meet armed soldiers and believe that the worst has already occurred.
Tuesday 12 November 8.30pm Australian Television Premiere
Martino’s Summer (Italy, 2010)
The summer of 1980 was a tragic one in Italy with the shooting down of a DC9 aircraft in the skies over Ustica and the terrorist bombing in Bologna’s train station. It’s against this backdrop that Martino (Luigi Ciardo), an Italian teenager, and Jeff Clark (Treat Williams), an American captain, become friends.