Pranzo Di Ferragosto, Gianni Di Gregorio
Italy | 2008 | 74mins | 35mm | colour | subtitled
The charismatic Gianni Di Gregorio (co-scenarist of the smash hit Gomorrah) stars in his directorial debut -an utterly charming tale of good food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships during a very Roman holiday. Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager’s mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italy’s biggest summer holiday, and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven. Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow… Can Gianni keep four such lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters?
Winner of numerous prizes at international festivals, including Best First Film at Venice and the Satyajit Ray Award at London, plus the Golden Snail at the Academy of Food and Film in Bologna, Mid-August Lunch is both warmly vibrant family drama and delicately balanced comedy of manners.
Mid-August Lunch will be preceded by The Shop, local filmmaker Neil Hurley’s affectionate look at the place the local shop occupies in the community.
Producer: Matteo Garrone Leading Players: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis, Marina Cacciotti, Maria Calì, Cesarini Sforza, Alfonso Santagata, Luigi Marchetti, Marcello Ottolenghi Photography: Gian Enrico Bianchi Script: Gianni Di Gregorio, Simone Riccardini Editor: Marco Spoletini Music: Ratchev & Carratello Print Source: Zeitgeist Films www.zeitgeistfilms.com
It’s a wonderfully patient, delicately observed film; warm, generous, never for a moment sentimental or patronising, never exploiting dottiness and eccentricity. – Philip French, The Observer
Thu 05 Nov | 8:30pm | Gate Multiplex