Alessandro Aronadio: Ears: A Black and White Comedy

Man seated in front of posters for Italian film series

Alessandro Aronadio. photo / provided

Cornell in Rome Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Alessandro Aronadio was born in Rome in 1975. After graduating with a degree in psychology from Palermo University, Aronadio attended the Los Angeles Film School in 2002, where he specialized in direction. In 2010, his first work for the cinema, titled Due vite per caso and distributed by Lucky Red, was the only Italian film chosen to compete at the Berlin Festival (in the panorama section). The film was then selected by more than 50 international festivals, and has won 15 prizes including the Nastro d'Argento awarded to Isabella Ragonese. A screenwriter for cinema and television, Aronadio has recently written Che vuoi che sia with Edoardo Leo and I Peggiori with Vincenzo Alfieri, both distributed by Warner Brothers; and Classe Z, with Guido Chiesa, produced by Colorado Film. Orecchie (Ears), his second feature film, is considered a cult movie and has won nine awards so far, and was nominated for Best Comedy of the Year at the Nastri D'Argento.


A man wakes up one morning with an annoying ringing sound in his ears. A note on the fridge says: "Your friend Luigi has died. P.S. I took the car." The problem is that he does not remember who Luigi is. This is just the beginning of a tragicomic day during which he will be plunged into the folly of the world—one of those days that change your life forever.

A lecture will follow the film screening.

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