The First Beautiful Thing

The First Beautiful Thing  {La Prima Cosa Bella}
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Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
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The First Beautiful Thing
La Prima Cosa Bella
Italy, 2010, 120 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Coming of Age, Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles

Director Paolo Virzi is definitely the heir of the great tradition of the Italian movies of the 1960s. Here he creates a film, a massive box office hit, that celebrates such a tradition, a comedy filled with emotions but free from sentimentalism, where tears and laughter go hand in hand.

Bruno, an unhappy teacher who lives in Milan, is forced by his sister Valeria to go back to the country home of his birth to visit his dying mother Anna, who he always despised and deeply loved at the same time. The trip sparks flashbacks to his childhood, with recollections of his mother’s life. A stunningly beautiful woman married to an introverted man, Anna was admired by all the men and feared by the women of her small town. She was misunderstood, far too modern for her time, and completely unappreciated by the men of her family. Nevertheless, she went through life with a smile and with the sole intention of being the best mother in the world. Bruno will finally understand her real nature, when in her final dying days she revives his love for her again. Winner, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Donatello Awards.

Director, Actor & Producer to appear at screenings

DIRECTOR: Paolo Virzi
Producer: Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen, Gabriele Muccino, Benedetto Habib
Editor: Claudio Pisano, Simone Manetti
Screenwriter: Paolo Virzi, Francesco Piccolo, Francesco Bruni
Cinematographer: Nicola Pecorini
Music: Carlo Virzi
Principal Cast: Claudia Pandolfi, Valerio Mastrandrea, Micaela Ramazotti, Stefania Sandrelli
Filmography: N. - Io e Napoleone (2006), Caterina in the Big City (2003), My Name is Tanino (2002), Baci e Abbracci (1999), Ovosodo (1997), La Bella Vita (1994)
Print Source: Palisades Tartan -

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