The Italian film, Il Cumpleano, in English called David's Birthday was today's stunning hit at the festival. Musically rich, dramatically layered and nuanced relationships played like a symphony with each motif reflecting with a jewel like intensity the central passionate relationship of the film.
The plot in short: two straight couples rent a house at the shore together. After a time, the 18 year old son of one couple arrives from his studies in the U.S. The other man hasn't seen the boy since he was 18. They see each other again and the first thing David, the young man says is "You used to hold me in your arms." And looking at Tyago Alves, the actor, well, anyone would want to do that now. But forget his beauty — because while stunning, beauty alone does not make a great film. This movie has everything. And runs across the full ranges of emotions.
It will repeat again Sunday due to popular demand: at NewFest Sunday June 6th at 3pm. Go see it. You'll be glad you did.