Italian Film Festival


Info: Italy/Switzerland, 2018, 93 mins, DCP

Language: Italian with English Subtitles

Director: Francesco Rizzi

Cast: Vinicio Marchioni, Sabine Timoteo


  • Wednesday January 8, 2020 - 6:30 pm

"Cooly assured, impressive… the two excellent leads negotiate the script’s more jagged bends with complete conviction, allowing us to believe that even amid pretense — and sometimes maybe because of it — mutual understanding is possible." Jessica Kiang, Variety

"Elegant and sophisticated." Kiko Vega, Espinof

"Teasingly enigmatic." Wendy Ide, Screen

This enigmatic beauty, a quietly audacious directorial debut, marks Francesco Rizzi as a talent to watch. A Swiss-Italian co-production, set, for the most part, in the environs of an anonymous, transient nexus of autostrade, railway tracks and service stations, the movie is part mystery, part love story, with all of the tension and menace emanating from the anguished magnetic attraction between the taciturn Michael (Vinicio Marchioni) and the lonely, unhappy Anna (Sabine Timoteo), whom he can’t stop watching. What binds these two lost souls gradually becomes evident, even as their relationship spirals into murky psycho-sexual role playing. “Cronofobia” means fear of time passing, Against expectations, this sleek, icy two-hander pauses, briefly, to take note of precious moments of insight and connection.