The Pills - Sempre meglio che lavorare: 3 eternal teenagers' leap from the internet to film
by Vittoria Scarpa
- In theatres, the film by webstars Luca Vecchi, Matteo Corradini and Luigi Di Capua, produced by Valsecchi. Other new releases include Se mi lasci non vale by Vincenzo Salemme and Son of Saul
There are those who are willing to do anything to keep their job, and those who don’t have the slightest intention of going to work. One thing is certain: in Italy, work is becoming more and more of a joke. Whilst Checco Zalone carries on clocking up takings with his portrayal of a state worker who isn’t going anywhere (to date, Quo vado? [+see also:
film profile] has taken over €60 million), this Thursday the same producer, Pietro Valsecchi is releasing, again with Medusa, another comedy that jokes around with the issue of work: The Pills - Sempre meglio che lavorare [+see also:
“A life that begins every morning with a 7:30 alarm is not worth living” is the motto of Luca Vecchi, Matteo Corradini and Luigi Di Capua – alias The Pills, the famous webstar trio with over 20 million views on YouTube – for their cinematic debut (the film is directed by Luca Vecchi). Childhood friends Luca, Matteo and Luigi, who are pushing 30, have no intention of growing up, even less of leaving their beloved kitchen table (the same one featured in their online videos) around which they spout nonsense, smoke joints and drink litre upon litre of coffee. But work comes knocking when you least expect it, and our three eternal teenagers find it difficult to resist its temptations. A very young, very Roman comedy, and an unsettling snapshot of thirty-year-olds today, without prospects, the film will be released in 270 theatres from Thursday.
Another generation, another variety of comedy for the second Italian film hitting theatres today, Se mi lasci non vale [+see also:
film profile] by Vincenzo Salemme, a comedy about friendship and love, classic, simple and light, which centres around two broken men (one is played by Salemme, the other by Paolo Calabresi), who have been abandoned by their respective partners and are determined to make them pay for it. The cast also features Serena Autieri and Tosca d’Aquino, as well as Carlo Buccirosso playing a hilarious second-class theatre actor who helps the two men plot their revenge. The film is being released in 300 cinemas by Warner. The third Italian film to be released this week is Il paese dove gli alberi volano [+see also:
film profile], the documentary by Davide Barletti and Jacopo Quadri on the 50 years of Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret theatre troupe, which was screened in Venice Days at Venice (see interview) and is being distributed by Wanted.
The only European release of the week is the multi-award-winning Son of Saul [+see also:
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile] by Hungarian director László Nemes, which has just won a Golden Globe and is the favourite to win this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is being released in 40 cinemas by Teodora. From the United States this week is Steve Jobs [+see also:
film profile] starring Michael Fassbender (Universal, 300 cinemas) and comedy horror Goosebumps (Warner, 190 sale). From Venezuela, finally, is the winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, Desde allà, which is being brought to 30 cinemas by Cinema.
(Translated from Italian)