LA PRIMA COSA BELLA
The First Beautiful Thing
Thursday, July 12 at 8:30pm
a Prima Cosa Bella (The First Beautiful Thing) follows a strong and optimistic mother raising her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. This beautiful and touching comedic drama from acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzì (La Bella Vita) is filled with unforgettable and emotional true-to-life performances.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS: Best Screenplay, Best Film, Best Director, Best Music and, Best Cinematography, Federazione Italiana Cinema d’Essai, Golden Ciak Awards, Golden Globes Italy, Golden Graals, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Italian Online Movie Awards, Primavera del Cinema Italiano Festival, Salerno International Film Festival, Sannio Film Festival
Director: Paolo Virzi
Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli
Approximate running time: 122 minutes. 2010
PRANZO DI FERRAGOSTO
The Mid-August Lunch
Thursday, July 19 at 8:30pm
In Rome, Gianni leads a lazy life, a glass of wine at hand; his only job is caring for his mother in their condo. The administrator pays Gianni a visit on a hot August day because he hasn’t paid the condo fees in years; the association members want Gianni and his mother evicted. The visitor makes an offer: he wants to leave the city for ferragosto, a mid-August tradition, and asks to leave his mother in Gianni’s care in exchange for writing off some of the debt. Gianni and his mother agree to do it, and the administrator brings his mom – and his aunt. Then, Gianni’s doctor pays a call and asks the same favor. Can Gianni make the best of it, or are real surprises in store?
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS: Bimbi Belli Festival, Bratislava International Film Festival, David di Donatello Awards, Federazione Italiana Cinema d’Essai, Golden Ciak Awards, Italian National Syndicate Film of Journalists, Italian Online Movie Awards, London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival.
Director: Gianni Di Gregorio
Cast: Valeria De Franciscis, Maria Cacciotti, Maria Cali
Approximate running time: 75 minutes. 2008.
GIANNI E LE DONNE
The Salt of Life
Thursday, July 26 at 8:30pm
Gianni is sixty. He is retired but has not become lazy for all that. In fact he is a helpful fellow who gives a hand to all those who need one: shopping for his wife, walking the pretty neighbor’s dog, and so on. Everybody likes Gianni, but is it for the right reasons? Doesn’t his wife profit by the situation (she still works so it is only logical that Gianni do all the chores)? Isn’t he subject to the excruciating whims of his rich mother?… Sure, everybody LIKES Gianni, but who LOVES him? Agreed, being kind to them, he is the ladies pet, but he does not attract them anymore. That is why, when his macho lawyer friend Alfonso blames him for not having young mistresses “like every other senior Italian male”, Gianni, who is beginning to ask himself questions about what it is like to become old, starts chasing dames…
Director: Gianni Di Gregorio
Cast: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis, Alfonso Santagata
Approximate running time: 90 minutes. 2011.