Alessandro ComodinItaly / France110 minutes2016Italian
Italian filmmaker Alessandro Comodin, who won the prestigious Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for his hybridic debut feature Summer of Giacomo, returns with this "beautiful and haunting meditation on the relationships between imagination, desire, and violence … a dreamlike fable with the weight of documentary reality" (Film Society of Lincoln Center). Happy Times Will Come Soon cryptically intertwines three (or more?) timelines: in some unspecified past, two young fugitives escape from prison and are pursued through the forests of northern Italy; in what appears to be the present, villagers recount a legend about a wolf who falls in love with a white doe; while in an indeterminate point between the two, a beautiful young woman discovers a mysterious portal in the forest that seems to propel her into a real-life version of the local myth. "One of the year's most beautiful and beguiling films" (Dan Sullivan, Film Comment).