March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 105 minutes
Who wouldn't love a band that raps about their Mammas' omelet sandwiches? These guys dig all things real, including family, friends, and homeland. They're lucky: their homeland is the stunningly beautiful region of Basilicata in the instep of Italy's boot, which stretches from the Tyrrhenian to the Ionian Sea. These native sons are a ragtag bunch of charmers: Nicola, a frustrated math teacher whose wife runs a boutique hotel; Rocco, a TV actor whose career has seen better days; Salvatore, who ditched his medical studies in their final hour; and Franco the bass player, mute since the death of his lover. Outfitted with a horse and cart topped with solar cells, the band undertakes a journey across Basilicata – on foot as a publicity stunt leading up to their performance in a local music competition. Accompanying them is Tropea, a reluctant journalist assigned to document their journey. As the little band trudges eastward, they camp out, evade authorities, deal with crazy agents and over-protective brothers, and fall in love again. Spoken word and jazz performances on hillsides and in local villages make BASILICATA COAST TO COAST a funky delight of a road movie. (In Italian with subtitles) –B.B.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Rocco Papaleo is an actor, singer, and songwriter from Basilicata. He plays Nicola in the film.
BASILICATA COAST TO COAST (2010)