Cineforum – August 25th • Napoli Velata

Napoli Velata
Naples in Veils

Directed by Ferzan Ospetek


After a torrid night of passion with a younger man that she just met, coroner Adriana (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) soon sees his mutilated body on the autopsy table at work. So begins “Naples in Veils,” Ferzan Ospetek’s engrossing, sumptuous film. The sensual, gorgeously filmed psychological thriller roots around in the hidden corners of Naples, digs into long-buried family secrets and weaves a tense, noir-inspired narrative trap as Adriana pursues the case.

The film’s enigmatic story, suspended between the past and the present, begins with a party at Adele’s (Anna Bonaiuto) house, where Adriana meets a mysterious young man, Andrea (Alessandro Borghi), with whom she spends a passionate night. Andrea disappears and the twists come thick and fast. An adult audience will love the heated eroticism of some of the scenes and the melodramatic nature of the events in which love and death, superstition and lucid madness, co-exist.

The mystery that ensues follows ghosts down dark alleys and dredges them up from the past in the way the great thrillers of the 40s and 50s once did. Ozpetek’s blend of ancient culture with modern sensibilities is nicely done and very effective in confusing the viewer and keeping us guessing. Is Andrea losing her mind? Is she marked for death? Is she in love with a ghost?

The movie also stars the city of Naples — and she is everything a leading lady should be; sultry, secretive and alluring — and adds another veil whenever it reveals anything about itself, as if moved by a sense of modesty. Ozpetek captures a mood that isn’t often found in modern Italian cinema, and he does it with perfect casting, a seductive soundtrack and shadowy photography. Everything in this movie is an enigma. Nothing is obvious. You might have the sudden urge to book a trip to Naples after seeing this film.

NOTE: The film is in Italian with ENGLISH subtitles.

View the trailer online:

Saturday, August 25, 2018 •  4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Sentieri Italiani • 5430 North Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

Call  773.275.5325  or  Email

$10 with member discount • $15 general admission
Cash or check in hand by August 22, 2018
Or $20 at the door, last-minute seating, cash only



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