Oscars Race: Italy Sends Mario Martone’s ‘Nostalgia’ to the Oscars

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Oscars Race: Italy Sends Mario Martone’s ‘Nostalgia’ to the Oscars
Italy Picks Mario Martone’s ‘Nostalgia’

Italy has selected Mario Martone’s Naples-set drama “Nostalgia,” which competed in Cannes, as its contender in the international Oscars race.

The well-received pic, which has been praised by Variety critic Guy Lodge as the prolific Italian auteur’s “most rewarding film in years,” stars Pierfrancesco Favino as the middle-aged Felice Lasco, who returns to the bustling port city after having lived in Egypt for 40 years. Once back, he is caught up in memories of a distant life spent in his hometown, as his criminal youth slowly catches up with him.

Besides Favino, the “Nostalgia” cast also includes Francesco Di Leva, who played the lead in Martone’s “The Mayor of Rione Sanità” and in this drama plays a priest who tries to help the protagonist navigate the Naples of today.

“Nostalgia,” which is based on Neapolitan author Ermanno Rea’s novel by the same title,
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