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  • Sat 23 Nov ’13, 1:00pm
  • Mon 25 Nov ’13, 1:00pm
  • Tue 26 Nov ’13, 6:00pm


MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier


All Ages


MTG Hawke's Bay

La kryptonite nella borsa
2011 Comedic drama Italian with English subtitles 98 mins

2011 Rome Film Festival: In Competition

Warmly received by the public and critics at the Rome International Film Festival, ‘Kryptonite!’ is the directorial debut of highly regarded novelist and screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo (‘I Am Love’).

Set in 1970s Naples, bullied nine year-old Peppino is watching the world around him as his extended dysfunctional family change. Psychedelic flower power and hippie love is threatening the old traditional southern Italian family. Dad (Luca Zingaretti) is having an affair and Mum (Valeria Golino) has taken to her bed with depression.

Super-mod brother and sister Titina and Salvatore take the boy under their wings, introducing him to demonstrations and love-ins, whilst caped superhero Gennaro visits Peppino even after being knocked down and killed by the number 12 bus. It is the imaginary appearances of this older superman cousin that help the nine-year-old navigate the complicated adult world.

With a mix of Italian and original versions of period classic songs and all the colours of peace and love amid the city’s backstreets, ‘Kryptonite!’ is a fresh, tender and funny tale exploring love, diversity and dreams with a new twist on stereotypes of the Italian family.

“… a wonderful, colourful ride ... a brilliant film.” – New Empress Magazine

Director: Ivan Cotroneo
Starring: Valeria Golino, Luca Zingaretti, Cristiana Capotondi
Rating: M contains drug use & nudity.

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