Hot Movies/Sofia Premieres

Society | November 1, 2002, Friday // 00:00

Resident Evil

Based on the popular video game of the same name, Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) are the leaders of a commando-team who must break into "the hive," a vast underground genetics laboratory operated by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. There, a deadly virus has been unleashed, killing the lab's personnel and resurrecting them as the evil Un-Dead. The team has just three hours to shut down the lab's supercomputer and close the facility before the virus threatens to overrun the Earth.

Unfair Competition (Concorrenza Sleale)

Two families--one Catholic, one Jewish--live next door to one another over their respective shops. Umberto (Diego Abatantuono) is a custom tailor with high end clients. Leone (Sergio Castellitto), his Jewish neighbor, has a ready-to-wear haberdashery. In an exaggerated style which aims for the comic (and mostly misses) the two compete in their window displays and marketing efforts, arousing ever greater conflict between them. Meanwhile, Umberto's daughter is falling in love with Sergio's son and his younger son, Pietro, is best friends with his peer next door. The film is seen from Pietro's viewpoint and includes voiceover narration by the boy. After a slow and overlong exposition sketches in the principal characters, Scola gets to the point as Mussolini introduces a series of racial (read antisemitic) laws which progress from banning Jews from a long list of professions, to banning Jewish kids from the schools, to confiscation of property, and, finally, to internment in the camps.

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