OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Paolo Genovese
COUNTRY : Italy
YEAR : 2017
TIME : 105min
Nu Metro 2, 10 Oct @ 10am | Nu Metro 19 Oct @ 12pm
A man is sitting at a table at the far end of a bar. He is always there, day and night, receiving continuous visitors. Each of his clients wants something and is driven by a deep desire, a wish that is difficult, if not impossible to realize. Yet… to that man everything seems possible. “I can do it” he repeats to each of them. But there is a price to pay. Who is this man and who sets the rules? It’s not important. Because choices and consequences only concern the men sitting in front of him in that café, it is up to them to define what is good and what is evil; they are completely free to choose their own path. They are men in need of miracles. From time to time they return to the café to tell how their lives are proceeding. There stories are interwoven in a plot that gets more and more complicated and tense, wonderful or terrible, tragic or full of poetry. And even that humble intermediary, facing so much humanity, will no longer be impatient …
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born in Rome in 1966, Paolo Genovese earned a degree in Economics and Business. He began to work in advertising with McCann Erickson Italiana, realizing commercials that won awards at various domestic and international events. He taught “Tecnica e linguaggio audio visivo – Techniques and Audio Visual Language” at the European Institute of Design and “Tecnica e linguaggio pubblicitario – Techniques and Advertising Language” at the Telecom Italia (Res Romoli) school of communication. In the field of advertising he directed more than three hundred commercials, winning several domestic and international awards. Among these there are: Tim, Tre, McDonalds, Buitoni, Algida, indus, Corriere della sera, Rai, Perlana, Q8, FIAT Kelloggs, Renault, Citroen, Coop, National Geographic, Motta, Vitasnella, Cirio, Birra Moretti, Vanity Fair, Repubblica, Ferrarelle, Universal Studios, Lasonil, Volkswagen, Alleanza and Alpitour.
In 2003 he was elected best advertising director of the year by a panel nominated by magazines in the field.
Regarding the movie-making, in 2001, together with Luca Miniero he wrote and directed the movie Incantesimo Napoletano, which was awarded with a David di Donatello and two Golden Globes. Working again with Miniero. In 2003, he wrote and directed Nessun messaggio in segreteria with Carlo Delle Piane, Pierfrancesco Favino and Valerio Mastandrea while, in 2006, he turned his attention to Viaggio in Italia with Licia Maglietta and Antonio Catania, an interesting experiment of a movie “in pills”, broadcast in 20 micro-episodes by Rai Tre “Ballarò” presented by Giovanni Floris. Three years later, in 2008, he returned to writing and directing with Miniero, for Buena Vista, Questa notte è ancora nostra with Nicolas Vaporidis. That same year he directed Amiche mie, mini-series for Channel 5 with Margherita Buy, Elena Sofia Ricci, Luisa Ranieri and Cecilia Dazzi.
In 2010 Genovese began a particularly fruitful period with, each year, highly successful comedies, winning a gold ticket and two silver tickets: La Banda dei Babbi Natale (December 2010) with Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo, box office hit with more than € 23 million, Immaturi (21 January 2011) and Immaturi – Il viaggio (5 January 2012). Both were box office hits. He obtained several nominations at the David di Donatello and the Silver Ribbons for Immaturi. The song in the movie was by Alex Britti.
In 2012 he made Una Famiglia perfetta with Sergio Castellitto, Claudia Gerini and Marco Giallini, which, in addition to winning the Ciak d’oro for the best comedy, received awards from a large number of international festivals and was a candidate for the David di Donatello, the Silver Ribbons and the Golden Globes.
In 2013 he wrote and directed Tutta colpa di Freud with Marco Giallini and Anna Foglietta, which was highly successful and acclaimed by the critics, with the sound track by Daniele Silvestri.
In 2014 he wrote and directed the comedy Sei mai stata sulla luna? The movie came out in theaters on January 2015, the song of the movie was written by Francesco De Gregori and won the Silver Ribbon for the best song. The movie won the Miami Film Festival.
Perfect Strangers (2016) is his tenth full-length feature film. He continues to work with the greatest Italian singera. In 2016 he directs Perfect Strangers, which triumphs at the David of Donatello (Italian Academy Award) as Best Film of the Year, and is also awarded with the David for Best Screenplay. Among the many prizes collected by the film, there are three Silver Ribbons, the Golden Globe, four golden Ciak. Perfect strangers also wins the Tribeca Film Festival in New York as best screenplay.