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Happy Family

Happy Family
Director: Gabriele Salvatores

Italy, comedy, 2010, 94 min
An unemployed screenwriter, Ezio, is having trouble writing a story about two neurotic families whose paths cross when their teenage children, Filipo and Marta, decide to marry. The family members - Filipo's parents and Marta's parents – arrange to have dinner to meet for the first time, with hilarious consequences. In order to animate the story Ezio soon writes himself into his script, while the characters bother him about having bigger and better roles. Gorgeously shot, playfully acted and energetically paced, this film keeps Salvatores’ popularity high within the contemporary Italian film scene.
 
Awards:
 
2010 – Silver Ribbon award from the Association of Italian film critics for the best editing (Italy).
 
About the director:
 
Gabriele Salvatores, Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter, was born in Naples, Italy in 1950. Salvatores debuted as a theater director in 1972, founding in Milan the Teatro dell'Elfo, for which he directed several avant-garde pieces until 1989. In that year, he directed his first feature film, “Marrakech Express”, which was followed in 1990 by “Turné”. “Turné” was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 43rd Cannes Film Festival in 1990. In 1991, Salvatores received great international praise for “Mediterraneo”, which won an Academy Award as best foreign film and many other prizes. The main themes of Salvatores'
early films were escape from a reality that cannot be accepted or understood, nostalgia for friends, and voyages that never end. A new experimental period, however, started in 1997 with “Nirvana”, a science fiction/cyberpunk attempt which received mixed reviews. This was followed by the surreal “Teeth” (Denti, 2000), and “Amnèsia” (2002).
Section: All the Muses

Screenplay: Alessandro Genovesi

Dir. of Photography: Italo Petriccione

Music: Louis Siciliano

Cast: Fabio De Luigi, Diego Abatantuono, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Margherita Buy, Valeria Bilello