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Mid-August Lunch
Pranzo di ferragosto
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Giovanni is fifty and the only child of his mother, a widow with whom he lives in an apartment in Rome. It's mid-August and hot in the city. His mother has a fairly demanding nature and so Giovanni spends as much time in the local bar as in their flat, where he does a lot of the household chores. Ferragosto, the traditional free weekend in Italy (Assumption) is coming up and Giovanni receives a visit from his landlord: Can he look after the landlord's mother for two days? In view of Giovanni's rent arrears, it's a request he cannot refuse. A little later, he receives a visit from his family doctor with virtually the same question. It's then up to Giovanni to organise a good holiday lunch. Gianni di Gregorio, partly responsible for the screenplay of "Gomorra", wrote and directed this appealing, heart warming feature debut, in which he also plays the leading role of Giovanni. Gianni di Gregorio (59) is one of Italy's most celebrated screenwriters, who contributed to the adaptation of Roberto Saviano's non-fiction book "Gomorrah" and worked as the assitant director to the producer of this feel-good film, Matteo Garrone. The world premiere of his heart-warming feature debut took place at the Venice Film Festival and was honoured with three prizes, including the Luigi de Laurentiis Award for best first film.
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