AMELUK by Mimmo Mancini
USA Premiere in Union City
(Union City, NJ) The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack and Board of Commissioners in conjunction with the NoHu International Film Festival present the USA Premiere of the feature film AMELUK by renowned Italian actor, director, writer, producer Mimmo Mancini on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City. Mimmo Mancini is one of the most highly-regarded and respected of filmmakers from Italy. The event will be moderated by Hudson County filmmaker Frank Gigante. Q & A and reception following the screening. Free Admission. Parking available at the 23rd Street parking deck located between Summit and Kerrigan Avenues.
The story of a small town Muslim who happens to bear the cross… of reconciling Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
Ameluk is a dramatic comedy about Italy’s internal struggle with immigration and social integration. The movie deals primarily with religious issues through the eyes and the life of the characters, but, as customary in Italy, the conversation inevitably assumes political undertones. The story is a light comedy punctured at times by dramatic moments born out of the depth of the issues and the stories of characters looking for an identity and a sense of belonging.
Ameluk is an ensemble film that deals with modern days Italians. Jusuf’s participation to the staging of the “Stations of the Cross” brings to light the conflicts and taboos of Mariotto’s residents, which are also the same issues and concerns of many Italians: the co-existence of the Catholic faith with other faiths, the political turmoil, the search for instant notoriety, immigration. In the background, a small town, which represents with its characteristics and common places - the church, the square, and the local café – the Italy of today.
Ameluk is also the personal story of an immigrant who tries to build a life for himself in a new country. The movie talks about Jusuf’s efforts, loves, hopes, and attempts to resolve the disparity between a difficult past and a complex present, between the culture he left behind and the one he embraces at present. In a situation bigger than he is, Jusuf will become the needle of the scale.
Brief Biography Mimmo Mancini:
Born in Bitonto (Bari) on May 18, 1960.
At seventeen he attends a professional acting course at the Piccolo Theatre in Bari and starts playing with local companies. In 1984, he performs nationally in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with Carlo Hintermann and Bianca Toccafondi, directed by Nucci La Dogana. After some cabaret, radio and TV experiences, he moves to Rome where he attends a specialized course for actors with Dominic De Fazio, member of the Actors Studio, and studies with him “cinema analysis”. He writes and stars in, along with Paolo De Vita, two theatre pieces: “ Non venite mangiati” and “Vi faremo sapere”. In Rome, “Non venite mangiati” opens at Trastevere Theatre in 1990 and is later presented at Teatro dei Satiri. More than one hundred performances are given throughout Italy. “Vi faremo sapere” opens in 1992 at Teatro dei Satiri and is later staged at Teatro Argot in Rome. “Sargassi”, a monologue written in collaboration with Vasco Mirandola, kicks off at Teatro Colosseo in Rome in 1995. His theatre work includes: “Buio interno” (1997), directed by Marinella Anaclrerio; “Notturno di donna con ospiti” (2000), written by A. Ruccello, with Giuliana De Sio, directed by Enrico Maria La Manna, who also directs the monologue “Lo Zì” (2006), co-written with Pietro Albino di Pasquale, staged for the first time at Auditorium Parco della Musica, and later at the Ambra Jovinelli Theatre in Rome and the River Side Studios in London, UK. To date, the show has run 43 performances throught Italy. His TV work includes: “L’attentatuni” (2000) playing special agent Orso, directed by Claudio Bonivento; “La guerra è finita” (2001) in the role of Sergeant Donati, with Alessandro Gassman, directed by Lodovico Gasparini; “L’uomo sbagliato” (2004) in the role of prisoner Poldo, with Beppe Fiorello, directed by Stefano Reali; “Distretto di Polizia 7” (2007), playing the villain Morace, directed by Alessandro Capone; the last series of “Maresciallo Rocca” (2007), appearing with Gigi Proietti. His cinema work includes: “Arriva la bufera” (1993), directed by Daniele Luchetti; “Colpo di luna” (1994), directed by Alberto Simone (special mention at the 1995 Berlin Festival); “A domani” (1997), directed by Gianni Zanasi (presented at the 56th Venice Film Festival); “Ospiti” (1997), directed by Matteo Garrone; “Lacapagira” (1999) directed by Alessandro Piva; “Il Caimano” (2005) directed by Nanni Moretti. As a film director has made four short films : Shine on the sea - Arroganti- U su'- One Direction. Ameluk (2014 ) is the feature first film.