Ferzan Ozpetek’s “Nuovo Olimpo: A Heartfelt Love Letter to Cinema

The cinematic universe has seen numerous directors and their timeless tributes to the world of cinema. Think of classics like Licorice Pizza, The Fabelmans, and Babylon. In this bustling milieu, Ferzan Ozpetek’s “Nuovo Olimpo” emerges as a poignant ode to the art of film.

Ferzan Ozpetek, with his distinctive flair, crafts a story drenched in romantic nostalgia, echoing sentiments reminiscent of the legendary Almodovar. The movie delicately traverses through four distinctive eras, from the 1970s to 2015, unveiling a tapestry of emotions and evolving relationships.

The narrative unfolds in 1978, introducing us to Enea Monti (portrayed by the charismatic Damiano Gavino), an ambitious cinema student. A chance encounter with Pietro Gherardi (brought to life by Andrea Di Luigi) sets the stage for an intense and profound connection between the two. Their subsequent meetings at the Nuovo Olimpo cinema not only solidify their bond but also delve deep into themes of identity, love, and acceptance.

What stands out in “Nuovo Olimpo” is its dreamlike cinematographic style, creating an ethereal atmosphere, reminiscent of a starlit sky. The supporting characters, especially the enthralling Titti, played by the magnificent Luisa Ranieri, add layers of depth to the narrative. Her character could easily be a nod to the genius of Fellini or a tribute to the iconic Mina, whose soulful rendition “Povero amore” graces the film’s end credits.

At its core, “Nuovo Olimpo” celebrates love in its purest form. The early scenes with Jasmine Trinca are a testament to Ozpetek’s deep-rooted passion for cinema. While there are certain moments that could have been fine-tuned for a sharper narrative, they don’t overshadow the film’s overall brilliance.

Ozpetek’s “Nuovo Olimpo” is an entrancing journey, replete with evocative visuals and powerful performances. It’s an homage to the golden era of cinema, where art and passion converge to create timeless masterpieces. This film invites its audience to immerse themselves in a bygone era, relishing the allure of old-world cinema and the ineffable emotions it evokes. An absolute must-watch for those who cherish tales of undying love and the magic of cinema.

Available on Netflix since 1st November.

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