Director: Paolo Virzì
Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazotti, Stefano Sandrelli
WINNER: Best Actor
Best Actress, Best Screenplay
David Di Donatello 2010
La Prima Cosa Bella (The First Beautiful Thing) follows a strong and optimistic mother raising her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. This beautiful and touching comedic drama from acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzì (La Bella Vita) is filled with unforgettable and emotional true-to-life performances.
The film tells the story of the Michelucci family, from the nineteen- seventies to the present day: the central character is the stunningly beautiful Anna, the lively, frivolous and sometimes embarrassing mother of Bruno and Valeria. Everything begins in the Summer of 1971, at the annual Summer beauty pageant held at Livorno’s most popular bathing establishment. Anna is unexpectedly crowned “Most Beautiful Mother”, unwittingly stirring the violent jealousy of her husband. From then on chaos strikes the family and for Anna, Bruno and his sister Valeria, it is the start of an adventure that will end only thirty years later. Bruno ends up living in Milan after managing to escape from Livorno and his mother. He will return to his hometown at the end of the film to be at his mother’s side during her very last days.
The film received 18 nominations for the David di Donatello Award in 2010, winning three prizes for Best Screenplay (by Paolo Virzi with Francesco Bruni and Francesco Piccolo), for Best Actress (Micaela Ramazzotti) and Best Actor (Valerio Mastandrea).
The First Beautiful Thing (La Prima Cosa Bella)
Country: Italy (Subtitled in English) 2hrs
Friday 5th (No Screening)
Saturday 6th August 7.30pm
Sunday 7th August 4.30pm & 7.00pm
Film Club Members Function 6.30pm - 7.00pm
Adults $13.00; Concessions $10.00; Member/Child $8.50
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