<i>Mid-August Lunch</i> / <i>Pranzo di ferragosto</i>. 2008. Italy. Gianni Di Gregorio
  • Cathrine

    2009. Denmark. Mads Matthiesen. 24 min.

  • Mid-August Lunch

    2009. Italy. Gianni Di Gregorio. 75 min.

Friday, April 3, 2009, 6:15 p.m.

The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center

  • Cathrine

    2009. Denmark. Directed by Mads Matthiesen. Sixteen years old and in love with a much older man, Cathrine must find her own way into life. 24 min.

  • Mid-August Lunch

    2009. Italy. Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. One of Italy's leading scriptwriters, fity-nine-year-old Gianni Di Gregorio (screenwriter of Gomorrah), stars in his own utterly charming directorial debut as the money-troubled Giovanni, who spends his days caring for his elderly mother. Giovanni discovers that some of his back rent will be forgotten if he also takes in his landlord's elderly mother for a few days during the traditional mid-August holiday. But when the landlord arrives, he has both his mother and aunt in tow. Then Giovanni's friend Luigi shows up with a similar caretaking request for his own aged mother. Winner of multiple festival awards, including Venice's Isverma Award for best first film and London's Satyajit Ray Award, Mid-August Lunch has a wonderfully loose, almost improvised feel in which Di Gregorio focuses on the natural rhythms of his houseguests' interactions with each other rather than a set storyline. 75 min.

In the Film exhibition New Directors/New Films 2009

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