Me and You

(Io e te)
(Italy, 2012, 103 mins, DCP)
In Italian with English subtitles
CAST Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Tea Flaco, Sonia Bergamasco
Classification: 19+
Screening in partnership with the Italian Film Festival


A master of the international epic, famed for the scale, ambition and sensuality of movies like The Last Emperor, 1900, The Sheltering Sky and The Conformistand a filmmaker whose Last Tango in Paris threw down the gauntlet for the representation of sex on screenBernardo Bertolucci returns to his native Italy, and to small, intimate but refreshingly innocent chamber piece in the heartfelt, self-effacing Me and You.

Lorenzo is a quirky 14-year-old loner. He plans to fulfill his teenage dream of happiness by hiding out in his apartment building’s abandoned cellar. To escape his overwrought parents, Lorenzo will tell them that he is going away on a ski trip with school friends. For an entire week, he will finally be able to avoid all conflicts and pressures to be a "normal" teenager.

He plans to live in perfect isolation with his horror and fantasy books. But an unexpected visit from his worldly older half-sister Olivia changes everything. Their emotional time together will inspire Lorenzo to come to terms with the challenge of casting aside his disguise of troubled youth and prepare to soon be thrown into the chaotic game of adult life.

"Bertolucci’s witty, potent little film showed Cannes that he is still a force to be reckoned with."Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"A masterclass in small-scale filmmaking."Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film