The Double Hour
(La doppia ora)

Screening on Film
Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi.
With Ksenia Rappoport, Filippo Timi, Antonia Truppo.
Italy, 2009, 35mm, color, 95 min.
Italian and Spanish with English subtitles.

A haunting neo-noir with a story that twists our perception of reality, the debut film from director Giuseppe Capotondi is a mind-bending labyrinth, full of dread and confusion. When Sonia – a Slovenian immigrant working as a hotel maid in Turin – meets Guido – an ex-cop whose wary cynicism and hint of melancholy matches her own – the promise of romance is overshadowed by the insistently ominous. Before too long that threat is made into a reality, or is it?  The Double Hour is a film of reversals, doubles, revisions, hallucinations, doubts, and fears. In the tradition of such great cinematic abysses as Vertigo and Mulholland Drive, nothing is as it seems, and everyone is in the dark.

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