Director: Alessandro Aronadio
Cast: Edoardo Leo, Margherita Buy, Giuseppe Battiston, Massimiliano Bruno, Giulia Michelini
Language: Italian with English subtitles
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Italian star Edoardo Leo (Perfect Strangers) co-writes and Venice Film Festival award-winner Alessandro Aronadio directs this standout comedy about the power of believing - in yourself!
Just Believe follows Massimo Alberti, the owner of the “Miracolo Italiano” a bed and breakfast now reduced to a dilapated building. Too few customers and too many taxes. One day, Massimo has an epiphany: in order to survive, he has to transform the B&B into a place of worship - where he will host tourists in exchange for a donation. After trying and failing to get into the more or less restricted circles of Catholicism, Judaism and Islam in a series of hilarious meetings, Massimo decides to create his own religion. “Selfish / Ionismo” is born. The first religion that puts the “I” at the centre of the universe, and of course absolves all taxes.
Just Believe pushes the boundaries and risk offending the religious sensibility of some. Yet it also offers a politically incorrect parody of the messianic rhetoric of certain movements that nowadays, are mostly expressed through new social channels.
NOMINATED Best Actor in a Comedy, Best Original Screenplay, Nastri D’Argento Awards 2018
The Academy Gold, Christchurch
Wednesday 12 June, 5.45pm
Saturday 15 June, 8.00pm
Tuesday 18 June, 5.45pm
The Suter Gallery, Nelson
Saturday 15 June, 1.45pm
Friday 21 June, 8.15pm
Monday 24 June, 1.40pm