Q&A with Margherita Mazzucco on June 2

The life of Saint Clare of Assisi—a onetime follower of Saint Francis, himself memorably depicted in films by Rossellini, Pasolini, Liliana Cavani, and Michael Curtiz—is inventively rendered in the latest from Susanna Nicchiarelli. Portrayed by Margherita Mazzucco (of HBO’s My Brilliant Friend), Chiara leaves her wealthy family to take a vow of poverty and join Francis and his followers, but it isn’t long before the young woman evinces extraordinary, possibly divine abilities that lead to a devoted order popping up around her. But will the Vatican recognize her and her order, or will it hold fast to the new pope’s belief that “no woman can set an example for anyone”? Using fourth wall-breaking musical numbers to striking effect, Chiara is a bold and formally surprising historical drama about a bold and spiritually surprising figure.

We’re excited to introduce a dinner and a movie combo with our Italian programming this June, including Chiara. For $30, receive one ticket to Chiara and a select menu item at Café Paradiso, located in FLC’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Learn more here.