L’apprendistato (The Young Observant). 2019. Italy . Directed by Davide Maldi. North American premiere. Courtesy Slingshot Films. In Italian; English subtitles. 84 min.
Lying somewhere between Jacques Tati, Milos Forman, and Harold Pinter, Davide Maldi’s witheringly funny depiction of an overly starched Italian hospitality school for aspiring young waiters and maîtres d’hôtel finds its accidental class rebel in one Luca Tofano, a peasant boy of considerable charms—and gracelessness.
Sapphire Crystal. 2019. France. Directed by Virgil Vernier. North American premiere. In French; English subtitles. 31 min.
Journey with Virgil Vernier (Sophia Antipolis, Mercuriales), one of our finest chroniclers and inventors of false utopias, as he spends a coke-fueled, Stygian night with Geneva’s jeunesse dorée in a gilded cage of their own making