Mid-August Lunch  {Pranzo di Ferragosto}

Mid-August Lunch
Pranzo di Ferragosto

Italy, 2008, 75 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, Family Issues, Foreign
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles

MUST END Thursday, June 3!
35mm Presentation - 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.

DIRECTOR: Gianni di Gregorio
Producer: Matteo Garrone
Editor: Marco Spoletini
Screenwriter: Gianni di Gregorio, Simone Riccardini
Cinematographer: Gian Enrico Bianchi
Principal Cast: Gianni di Gregorio, Alfonso Santagata, Valeria de Franciscis, Marina Cacciotti, Maria Calì, Grazia Cesarini Sforza
US Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

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