Cineforum Italiano: Happy Family

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Price: $8.00
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Genre: Comedy

Director: Gabriele Salvatores (

Released: 2010

Duration: 90 Minutes

In Italian with English subtitles.


Academy award-winning veteran director Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo) delivers a colorful tongue-in-cheek comedy about a writer holed up in his apartment in Milan one hot summer trying to punch out a story while the characters come to life around him offering their input on the direction they think the story should take.

Recently dumped screenwriter Ezio (Fabio De Luigi) is having trouble writing a story about two neurotic families whose paths cross when their teenage children, Filipo and Marta, decide to marry. The family members - Filipo's parents (played by scene-stealer Fabrizio Bentivoglio and the magnificent Margherita Buy) and Marta's parents (the remarkable Diego Abatantuono and Carla Sinoris) – arrange to have dinner to meet for the first time, with hilarious consequences. Ezio soon writes himself into his script, and into a love story, while the characters bother him about having bigger and better roles!

Gorgeously shot, playfully acted and energetically paced, Salvatores tips his hat to the film's origins on stage (co-scripter Alessandro Genovesi helped adapt his own successful play) with opening shots of a stage curtain, preparing the audience for the theatrical interplay to come.


Due famiglie incrociano i destini a causa dei figli sedicenni caparbiamente decisi a sposarsi. Un banale incidente stradale catapulta il protagonista-narratore, Ezio (Fabio De Luigi), al centro di questo microcosmo, nel quale i genitori possono essere saggi, ma anche più sballati dei figli, le madri nevrotiche e coraggiose, le nonne inevitabilmente svampite, le figlie bellissime e i cani cocciuti e innamorati. In poche parole, due famiglie di oggi, che sfuggono alle catalogazioni e alle etichette, in equilibrio precario, vive, felici e confuse. La prima è composta da Vincenzo (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) sposato con Anna (Margherita Buy) madre di due figli: Filippo 16 anni (Gianmaria Biancuzzi) e Caterina 27 anni (Valeria Bilello). La loro nonna si chiama sempre Anna (Corinna Augustoni) ha 80 anni ed è vedova. L’altra famiglia vede Carla Signoris e Diego Abatantuono mamma e papà di Marta (Alice Croci) 16 anni, fidanzata di Filippo.

Progetto per l'evento:

4:00 pm: Sign in, enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks during the film. 4:15 pm: Program begins with introductions and film 6:00 pm: The film will be followed by small reception which provide an opportunity to socialize and discuss the film. Prezzo:

$8 online with your RSVP here. Advance ticket purchase is the only guarantee of a seat. If you don't have Paypal, it's still possible to pay online. Click here for instructions. ( $10 at the door (cash only, no credit/debit card processing) Trailer:


Gabriele Salvatores e cast al completo (


Recensione (in italiano) ( La fotogallery (

Getting to Letelier Theater: Street parking is free on Sundays. There's also a parking garage available directly next to the theater on Prospect Street for $4/hr. There are several public transportation options. The theater website describes the options in detail: