Italian Film Festival

Orecchie (Ears)

Info: Italy, 2016, 90 mins, DCP, 19+

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Alessandro Aronadio

Cast: Daniele Parisi, Silvia D’Amico, Rocco Papeleo


  • Tuesday January 9, 2018 - 6:30 pm
  • Thursday January 11, 2018 - 4:30 pm

"Kooky and sincere is a tough combination to pull off, but Ears manages it… Parisi’s wary sizing up of these infuriating characters evokes Buster Keaton or the early characters of Jim Jarmusch. His performance draws the reluctant viewer into a calm center of befuddled irritation. Ears could be a distancing affair, but the main character’s instinct to tentatively listen, learn, and feel in response to the chaos around him lends the movie a deeper quality. At the heart of a highly mannered exercise ultimately lies a surprising optimism and need to connect." Caroline Ely, Film Forward

A man wakes up with a painful ringing in his ear and to a note that reads, “Your friend Luigi is dead! I’m sorry. PS: I took the car…” But who’s Luigi? This is just one of the many questions the unnamed protagonist (Daniele Parisi) must ask himself in this absurd tragicomedy by writer-director Alessandro Aronadio (One Life, Maybe Two). Unfolding in a single day, Ears upsets a hapless man’s routine with a series of hilarious, Kafkaesque situations involving meddlesome nuns, bumbling doctors, and a perplexing array of bureaucratic mishaps. Aronadio’s black-and-white, aspect ratio–shifting second feature is a one-of-a-kind comedy that surprises and delights with unassuming humor and a quirky supporting cast.