Director: Gianni Amelio's beautifully shot, multi-award winning film is a truly compelling drama. Renato Carpentieri plays a cynical, retired lawyer, who forms a bond with neighbours from Northern Italy, until a catastrophe tears them apart. He himself is estranged from his family and he must now face his past. The quality of the cast elevate the thoughtful, brave script beyond the screen. These are some of the best Italian actors working in cinema today. The towering performance of Carpentieri moves effortlessly between drama and comedy, commanding attention as well as affection.
Length: 107 mins
Cast: Renato Carpentieri, Micaela Ramazzotti, Elio Germano, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Greta Scacchi
Language: In Italian with English subtitles
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Renzo (Raoul Bova, Do You See Me?) is a down-to-earth farmer; charming, rational and practical. Working and living on a farm in the remote village of Apulia, he meets Guia (Liz Solari), an elegant journalist at a prestigious fashion magazine, who has travelled to see his farm, which she has just inherited.
Guia drives a convertible, travels by private jet and lives between Milan and Paris. Now she finds herself hopelessly drawn into local town life and its carousel of unique characters, including Renzo the farmer, an avant-garde bartender, aspiring priest Pino, a Latin scholar and notary, a butcher also involved in real estate, Celestina the cow and many others.
Falling head-over-heels for Renzo, Guia realises the only thing that’s been missing from her life is true love. Caught between her high-flying job and the romance that has always evaded her, Guia is a step away from happiness but has no idea how to get there. This diverting romantic comedy, in Opening Night director Paolo Genovese’s capable hands, is a heart-warming ensemble piece featuring many of Italy’s finest actors.
Best Film, Nastro Argento
Best Director, Nastro Argento
Best Actor, Nastro Argento
Best Actor, Golden Globes Italy
The Empire Cinema, Wellington
Saturday 3 November, 6.00pm
Thursday 8 November, 12.00pm
Wednesday 14 November, 6.00pm