The Early Bird Catches The Worm
THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES
THE WORM
(Il mattino ha l’oro in bocca)

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM follows the rise and fall of one of Italy’s most famous radio presenters – Marco Baldini – a man who was an expert at brightening up other people's days while he made his own more miserable with a secret obsession.

Baldini (superbly played by rising star Elio Germano, Her Whole Life Ahead - IFF08) studied finance and was expected to pursue a career in banking, but his heart was never in it, and when he is offered a job at a radio station in Milan he jumps at the chance. Baldini soon finds himself teamed up with impulsive funnyman Rosario (Corrado Fortuna) on the station's morning show, and to his surprise he quickly becomes one of the nation's most popular on-air personalities. But with his newfound riches and long afternoons to kill, Marco's casual gambling habit starts to become an addiction…

Loosely adapted from Baldini’s autobiographical book Il giocatore (The Player), this elegant, acidic comedy offers an engaging, self-ironic commentary as it traces the highs and lows of Baldini’s double existence, unfolding against a convincing backdrop of life during the penultimate decade of the 20th century.
  NOMINEE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
(UMBERTO ORSINI)
DAVID DI DONATELLO
AWARDS 2008



Director: Francesco Patierno

Cast: Elio Germano, Laura Chiatti,
Martina Stella, Carlo Monni,
Gerardo Amato, Corrado Fortuna

Italian with English subtitles

2008 | 100' | 35mm