Zeitgeist Films | Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)
Gianni Di Gregorio
Film Info
75 mins
In Italian with English subtitles
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital SRD
Rating: Not Rated

The charismatic Gianni Di Gregorio (co-scenarist of the smash hit Gomorrah), stars in his directorial debutóan utterly charming tale of good food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships during a very Roman holiday. Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building managerís mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italyís biggest summer holiday, and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven. Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow... Can Gianni keep four such lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters?

Winner of numerous prizes at international festivals, including Best First Film at Venice and the Satyajit Ray Award at London, plus the Golden Snail at the Academy of Food and Film in Bologna, Mid-August Lunch is both warmly vibrant family drama and delicately balanced comedy of manners.

See also Gianni Di Gregorio's follow-up The Salt of Life.


An article about the film at i-italy.org