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The Salt of Life  {Gianni e le donne}

The Salt of Life
Gianni e le donne

Italy, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, Family Friendly, Romance
Programs: Argonaut Wine & Film Series, Contemporary World Cinema
Language: Italian English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Gianni Di Gregorio
Producer: Angelo Barbagallo
Editor: Marco Spoletini
Screenwriter: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valerio Attanasio
Cinematographer: Gogò Bianchi
Principal Cast: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria di Franciscis Bendoni, Alfonso Santagata, Elisabetta Piccolomini
US Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

MUST END Thursday, May 10th at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
35mm presentation - In his warm and witty follow-up to the 2010 sleeper hit Mid-August Lunch, writer-director-actor Gianni Di Gregorio has created another sparkling comedy—this time with a dash of the bittersweet. In The Salt of Life, Gianni plays a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. He contends with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother (again played by Lunch's great nonagenarian Valeria de Franciscis); a wife who is more patronizing friend than romantic partner; a daughter (played by Di Gregorio's daughter Teresa) with a slacker boyfriend whom Gianni unwillingly befriends; and a wild young neighbor who sees him merely as her dog walker. Watching his "codger" friends snare beautiful younger women on the sun-kissed cobblestones of Trastevere, Gianni tries his polite, utterly gracious best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life—with both hilarious and poignant results.

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