Paolo Genovese to compete at Tribeca

Perfect Strangers in the Int'l Narrative Competition

Paolo Genovese to compete at Tribeca

“We all have three lives: a public, a private and a secret”

Istituto Luce-Cinecittà returns once again to the Tribeca Film Festival (presented by AT&T, New York, April 13-24, 2016), with the Italian film, most recent box office topper in Italy, Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) directed by Paolo Genovese, as part of the International Narrative Competition. The film is produced by Lotus Production (a Leone Film Group Company) and Medusa, which is also in charge of domestic distribution. World Sales are handled by True Colours.

Perfetti Sconosciuti is a narrative, and bitter ensemble comedy, which follows a group of old friends who meet for dinner, a dinner that is destined to head into a downward spiral. Social media games are proposed for evening fun and cellphones are placed on the table and all bets are off, as the games begin. The word game is perhaps the most important of all, as everyone thinks that this type of game playing is "fun" and instead new "communication facilitators" - chat, whatsapp, email, sms, selfies, app, t9, skype, social - can reveal the most dangerous secrets among friends. The superficiality of it all with which they entrust their secrets from their smartphones and the modern belief that one does not pay the consequences or, even worse, flirting with those consequences to make these games even more exciting is the point surrounding this film.

Director Paolo Genovese explains “The idea was to sketch out that secret life we cannot come clean about, up until 20 years ago, our secrets were kept inside us; today, they are buried in our mobile phones, which have become a little bit like our black boxes.”

Director Paolo Genovese tackles a subject important to these times, when social media has entered into fragile territories and affects almost everyone's lives. His film marks the rebirth of the "intelligent comedy" and got a very successful turnout at the box office in Italy together with nine nominations at David di Donatello awards, making the film one of the most highly anticipated titles of the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

Official Screenings:
1st Screening – Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:15 PM at RGL-06
2nd Screening - FES – Friday, April 15, 2016, 4:45 PM at RGL-08
3rd Screening – Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10:00 PM at BTC-09
4th Screening - FES – Monday, April 18, 2016, 3:45 PM at BTC-05

Press contacts for Istituto Luce-Cinecittà:
Sally Fischer
Sally Fischer Public Relations