Italian Studies

Adam Leon, USA 2021, 81’
International premiere
Cryptozoo Language Lessons

A young woman wanders the streets of Manhattan - a little absent, a little confused. She doesn't quite know where she is and what she should do. Does she have any plans? Commitments? After the fundamental questions, there are also others: what has she done with her purse, is she hungry, is she a vegetarian, is she gluten tolerant? Is she spontaneous or introverted? Is she Jewish? Is she a writer? Marching through the unfamiliar streets of crowded New York, Alina (Vanessa Kirby) gets to know herself a bit, someone summons her, she thinks she recognizes someone else; flashes of memory and awareness appear. There is also the "pre-pandemic" city in all its glory, residents walk without masks and you can eat a hot dog under a booth between busy intersections. Kirby puts on a daring performance in this unconventional, mesmerizing urban fairy tale about identity and being here and now. 

Magdalena Maksimiuk

Adam Leon

Adam Leon was born and raised in New York. His Gimme the Loot, which showed at the Cannes festival (section Un Certain Regard), received the main prize at SXSW and garnered him the "Someone to Watch" Independent Spirit Award. Netflix purchased the rights to his Tramps, which showed at the Toronto International Film Festival, while his third effort, Italian Studies, premiered at Tribeca. He decided to become a filmmaker after watching Star Wars, and realized it could actually work after watching Nicole Holofcener's Walking and Talking.


2009 Killer (short)

2012 Oddawaj fanty / Gimme the Loot

2016 Tramps

2021 Italian Studies

Cast & Crew

director Adam Leon
screenplay Adam Leon
cinematography Brett Jutkiewicz
editing Erin DeWitt, Betsy Kagen, Sara Shaw, Kristan Sprague
music Nicholas Britell
cast Vanessa Kirby, David Ajala, Simon Brickner, Annika Wahlsten
producer Michael Bloom, Lia Buman, Tim Headington, Ryan Heller, Vanessa Kirby, Maria Zuckerman
production Animal Kingdom, Tango Entertainment, Topic Studios
sales Animal Kingdom
language English
coloration colour
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