The First Beautiful Thing / La prima cosa bella
Paolo Virzì, Italy, 2010.
Directed by: Paolo Virzì
Script: Paolo Virzì, Francesco Piccolo, Francesco Bruni
Producer: Marco Cohen, Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, Paolo Virzì, Carlo Virzì
Production company: Indiana Production Company, Medusa Film, Motorino Amaranto
Cinematography: Nicola Pecorini
Editing: Simone Manetti
Music: Carlo Virzì
Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Pandolfi, Dario Ballantini
Running time: 124'
In 1971, at a popular beach establishment near the Tuscan port of Livorno, yummy-mummy Anna (M. Ramazzotti) is roped into a beauty contest which she easily wins. Her jealous husband, Mario (S. Albelli), is enraged by the attention from assorted wolf-whistlers, while 8-year-old son Bruno (G. Bibbiani), is horrified by the spectacle of it all. His younger sister, Valeria (G. Burgalassi), is the only one enjoying the scene. Jump to the present, when Bruno (V. Mastandrea) gets an urgent visit from Valeria (C. Pandolfi) telling him their mother (S. Sandrelli) is sick. Bruno tries to wriggle out of going back to Livorno but finally agrees, the trip triggering bittersweet memories.
David Di Donatello 2010 – Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay
Paolo Virzì, born 1964 in Livorno, is an Italian film screenwriter and director. With his first film, 'La bella vita', he won Ciak d'Oro, Nastro d'Argento and David di Donatello for Best New Director. Filmography: 'On Tour' (1990), 'La bella vita' (1994), 'Ferie d'agosto' (1995), 'Ovosodo' (1997), 'Baci e abbracci' (1999), 'My Name is Tanino' (2002), 'Caterina in the Big City' (2003), 'N' (2006), 'Tutta la vita davanti' (2008), 'La prima cosa bella' (2009).
Location and screening schedule:
Tuškanac cinema, Tuesday, October 19th at 21.00
Museum of contemporary art, Wednesday, October 20th at 20.30