Mid-August Lunch
MID-AUGUST LUNCH
(Pranzo di ferragosto)

Screenwriter Gianni Di Gregorio’s debut feature garnered three awards at the Venice Film Festival 2008. This pearl is a charming and unpretentious comedy-of-manners that centers on a middle class bachelor, his 93-year-old mother and three other ladies of advanced years.

It’s a summer holiday weekend which everybody wants to spend away from a sweltering Rome. However, the middle-aged Gianni (the director himself) is staying home to care not only for his own bossy mother but also the mother and aunt of the deputy landlord, and his doctor’s mother too! Notwithstanding his reluctance to take on such duties, the lure of relief from his financial straits is too much to ignore, and so the assortment of illmatched, elderly ladies descends on his tiny flat where, over the course of one day and one night, Gianni tends to their troubles.

MID-AUGUST LUNCH manages to say something essential about the vulnerability, peculiarities and charms of the elderly in a manner that feels spontaneous. The excellent ensemble of amateur actors and actresses crowns this surprising, warm-hearted masterpiece.
  WINNER
BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
DAVID DI DONATELLO
AWARDS 2009

WINNER
BEST NEW DIRECTOR
NASTRI D’ARGENTO
AWARDS 2009

WINNER BEST FILM
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2008



Director: Gianni Di Gregorio

Cast: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis, Marina Cacciotti, Maria Calì, Grazie Cesarini Sforza.

Italian with English subtitles

2008 | 75' | HDCAM SR