Update May 23, 2016
"Io e lei" is headed to two North American film festivals and will be shown on the following dates:
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center
Thursday, June 2 at 6:00 followed by Q&A with director Maria Sole Tognazzi
Tuesday, June 7 at 1:30
Canada's Italian Contemporary Film Festival
June 10 @ 9:30pm TIFF - Toronto
June 14 @ 7:00pm Cinematheque Quebecois - Montreal
June 14 @ 5:00pm Cinema Cartier - Quebec City
With three high-profile Italian releases, Maria Sole Tognazzi's latest film, "Io e lei" took top spot at Italy's box office over the weekend, grossing a whopping 700,000 euros.
"Io e lei" is the story of two women in a relationship together, a relationship that is tumultuous at times and carefree at others. Margherita Buy and Sabrina Ferilli portray lovers, Federica and Marina in a way that puts love first and the fact that it's a same-sex relationship second. The two actresses have made the rounds all over Italian television answering questions relating to gay and lesbian relationships. But when I saw the film, that element was clearly secondary to the love and affection the two feel for each other. Perhaps Ferilli's description in an interview with Italian media best sums it- a story about sentimentality rather than homosexuality.
Federica and Marina experience the myriad of emotions anyone feels while in a relationship and after it's over. Although they are happy together, they face the same challenges and obstacles that everyone faces whether they are heterosexual or homosexual- insecurity, fear of abandonment, envy.. that whole dark side that comes with loving someone.
|Director Tognazzi with her stars Buy and Ferilli at the Rome premiere|
Watch the trailer..
Producers: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Andrea Occhipinti
Cast: Margherita Buy, Sabrina Ferilli, Alessia Barela, Domenico Diele, Fausto Sciarappa, Ennio Fantastichini, Antonio Zavatteri, Massimiliano Gallo, Roberto Caccioppoli
Screenplay: Maria Sole Tognazzi, Francesca Marciano, Ivan Cotroneo
Director of Photography: Arnaldo Catinari
Editor: Walter Fasano