Thurs, May 29, 2008, 8pm
Directors GUSTAV HOFER & LUCA RAGAZZI in attendance
If you’re looking for a film that is simultaneously romantic, fiercely political, comically absurd, totally fresh and deliciously Italian,Suddenly, Last Winter fits the bill. A couple for eight years, Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi lead a seemingly charmed life. Good-looking and metrosexually sophisticated, Gustav is a TV reporter and Luca a film critic.
When the conservative Berlusconi government fell to a center-left coalition in 2006, Gustav and Luca were optimistic that domestic partnership legislation, common in the EU, would finally be enacted, and it seemed like a fun idea for the two to collaborate on a documentary about how the change would play out.
But all hell broke loose. Far-right politicians and the Vatican unleashed a furious resistance to any change. Gustav and Luca found themselves shocked by the virulent homophobia that they were faced with. As they fearlessly plunge into right-wing protests and directly confront and film“pro-family” opposition, stress builds within their relationship as they react differently to so much overt hostility. But the sweetness of their partnership, their humor, and the vitality of the pro-domestic partnership movement enables them to tell what is at times a very frustrating story with a whimsical touch and a great sense of irony.