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Cinemonde Soiree #9: "Mid-August Lunch"

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Uploaded on Mar 19, 2010

This time @ Cinemonde:

The beautiful and multi-talented, Ashley Wren Collins, interviews film historian and journalist, Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan.

In the mean time, Jerome Henry Rudes plays gracious host and ambassador of great cinema, spirits, and delicacies.

Marlo L. Brown captures the excitement, hospitality, and all around great atmosphere.

Excerpt from Cinemonde Soiree #9 press release:

We're proud to present a sneak preview of Gianni Di Gregorio's MID-AUGUST LUNCH (Pranzo di Ferragosto, Italy, 2009, 75 mins.). Winner of numerous prizes at international festivals, including Best First Film and Best Italian Film at Venice and the Satyajit Ray Award at London, MID-AUGUST LUNCH is a warm, vibrant family drama and a delicately balanced comedy of manners.

The charismatic Gianni Di Gregorio (co-scenarist of the smash hit GOMORRAH, Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, 2009) stars in his own directorial debut, a tale of good food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships set during Italys biggest summer holiday, the annual mid-August Feast of the Assumption, Pranzo di Ferragosto.

Broke and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, the movies central character, Gianni, resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment in Rome. Their mounting condo debts are foreboding, but if Gianni looks after the building managers mother during the big mid-summer holiday, all will be forgiven. Unexpectedly, the manager shows up with his dear old auntie and a doctor friend appears with his ancient mother in tow, too. Can Gianni keep four lively mamas well-fed and happy in cramped quarters over what becomes a very hot August 15th?

Charming and gently hilarious...a gem whose intelligent, gentle deadpan humor is entirely irresistible. This is a film that the broadest of audiences can enjoy. - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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