Me and You

Lorenzo, a quirky 14-year-old loner who has difficult relationships with his parents and peers, decides to take a break from it all by hiding out in his building’s neglected basement. For an entire week, he will finally avoid all conflict and pressure to be a “normal” teenager. But an unexpected visit from Lorenzo’s older half-sister Olivia changes everything. A worldly 25-year old beauty, her problematic and fragile state upsets Lorenzo’s total escape from reality, and their forced cohabitation in the basement’s confined space brings forth confrontation and old resentments, but also a need for affection and intimacy. A few emotional days and nights with his sister Olivia will inspire Lorenzo to see the world through new eyes.

The Dreamers

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the ’68 Paris student riots.

The Conformist

Bertolucci’s famous 1970’s drama, based on the 1951 novel “The Conformist” by Alberto Moravia. About a sexually repressed man in 1930s Italy, who is consumed by an irresistible need to fit in with society. This leads him to embrace fascism as Mussolini rises to power. As his allegiance to the regime takes over his life, he agrees to assassinate his old teacher. The film is a case study in the psychology of fascism, and according to the political philosopher Takis Fotopoulos “The Conformist” (as well as “Rhinoceros” by Ionesco) is “a beautiful portrait of this psychological need to conform and be ‘normal’ at the social level, in general, and the political level, in particular.” The film has been very influential for other filmmakers, and is widely praised as a visual masterpiece.