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Mid-August Lunch

A man unexpectedly finds himself talking care of four women, three of whom he barely knows, in this sunny comedy from Italy. Gianni (Gianni di Gregorio) is a man in his mid-sixties who still lives with his mother; given that Valeria (Valeria De Franciscis) is well into her nineties, these days he looks after her rather than the other way around, though she remains quite spry given her age. Gianni and Valeria share an apartment in a building owned by Luigi (Alfonso Santagata); Gianni owes money on the rent, and Luigi, who wants to take off for the midsummer festivities of Ferragosto, makes him a deal -- Luigi will forgive the debt if his elderly mother, Marina (Marina Cacciotti), can stay with Gianni and Valeria for a few days. Gianni grudgingly agrees, but is upset when he discovers Luigi has also brought his aging aunt Maria (Maria Calì). Word apparently circulates that Gianni is running an informal home for the elderly, as his friend Marcello (Marcello Ottolenghi) stops by and drops off his mother, Grazia (Grazia Cesarini Sforza), for a day or two. While Gianni scrambles to look after the various needs of four elderly women, it soon becomes clear the ladies have strongly differing views on a number of subjects, making his job all the more difficult. Pranzo di Ferragosto (aka Mid-August Lunch) was written and directed by Gianni di Gregorio, who also played the harried son; it was the first directorial project for the veteran screenwriter.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
UPC: 0795975112932
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 25,671

Special Features

Video interview with director/star Gianni Di Gregorio; A visit with the cast: Di Gregorio travels Rome to catch up with the actresses; Booklet featuring recipes of dishes from the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gianni di Gregorio Gianni
Valeria De Franciscis Gianni's Mother
Alfonso Santagata Luigi
Marina Cacciotti Luigi's Mother
Maria Calì Aunt Maria
Petre Rosu Tramp
Marcello Ottolenghi Doctor Friend
Luigi Marchetti Viking
Grazia Cesarini Sforza Grazia
Biagio Ursitti Actor

Technical Credits
Gianni di Gregorio Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Gian Enrico Bianchi Cinematographer
Ratchev and Carratello Score Composer
Susanna Cascella Production Designer
Daniele Cascella Art Director
Matteo Garrone Producer
Massimo Art Director
Silvia Polidori Costumes/Costume Designer
Filippo Porcari Sound/Sound Designer
Simone Riccardini Original Story
Marco Spoletini Editor
Gianfranco Strazza Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mid-August Lunch
1. Gianni, Mama and Chablis [8:38]
2. A Modest Proposal [5:15]
3. Marina...and Aunt Maria Too? [5:41]
4. Asparagi Alla Valeria [10:47]
5. Grazia, the Doctor's Mother [6:03]
6. Pasta Al Forno [10:29]
7. "We Live On Memories" [9:40]
8. Filetti Di Persico Con Patate [7:32]
9. Pranzo Di Ferragosto [8:12]
10. End Credits (Dance Party) [3:26]

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