*My Mother’s Smile*. 2002. Italy. Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Courtesy Photofest

L’Ora di religione (My Mother’s Smile). 2002. Italy. Written and directed by Marco Bellocchio. In Italian; English subtitles. 105 min.

With Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti. A celebrated author of children’s books who also happens to be a dedicated atheist, Ernesto (Castellitto) is astonished to discover that his emotionally distant mother, murdered years earlier by his psychotic brother, has been proposed for sainthood by the Vatican. Here Bellocchio creates perhaps the most spectacular of his dysfunctional families, adding the political power of the Catholic Church to his ongoing study of Italy’s eternally oppressive institutions.

  1. Sunday, April 27, 2014,
    2:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2
  2. Tuesday, April 22, 2014,
    8:00 p.m.

    T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective.