This week on the Film at Lincoln Center podcast, we’re featuring a Q&A from a patron screening of Italian Studies with director Adam Leon, moderated by David Fear, the Senior Editor, and critic at Rolling Stone.
From award-winning filmmaker Adam Leon, Italian Studies is a lyrical film about dislocation, connection, and the elusive nature of identity. While visiting New York City from her native London, writer Alina Reynolds, played by Academy Award-nominee Vanessa Kirby, inexplicably loses her memory and suddenly becomes unmoored and adrift on the streets of Manhattan with no sense of time or place — or even her own name. As Alina’s consciousness swings between imagined conversations, fragments of her own short stories and the bustling city around her, she finds an anchor in charismatic teenager Simon. Drawn to the lost woman, Simon soon introduces Alina to his free-spirited group of friends, and together they make their way through a disorienting cityscape full of life, beauty, and music. With an evocative score from Nicholas Britell, Italian Studies also stars Simon Brickner, Annika Wahlsten, Annabel Hoffman, Maya Hawke and Fred Hechinger. Italian Studies is now playing in theaters.
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