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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING (La prima cosa bella)
Best Actress Best Actor Best Screenplay Italian Academy Awards
Best Film Salerno Intl Film Fest
Summer, 1971. The youthful, stunning Anna Nigiotti is dubbed Miss Mamma of Livorno's most famous bath house, while unaware of rousing the unwelcome attention of the male population, the suspicions of her husband Mario and the hidden embarrassment of her son Bruno. Fast forward to the present, and ever the heartthrob, yet despite her terminal illness, Anna impresses her doctors away with her irresistible and contagious zest for life. Bruno, instead, has burned all bridges with his hometown, his family, his past. A passionless teacher in a trade school, he leads an obstinately disengaged life, but his sister Valeria persuades him to come home to see his mother for the last time. So Bruno makes his reluctant return to Livorno, to visit his mother who seems to defy all the medical odds. This fateful meeting, after years of hostility, forces Bruno to come to terms with the tumultuous past he had tried to forget at all costs.
The First Beautiful Thing is a family drama set against in the world of a provincial Italy that craves new desires, embodied in the indolent, fickle men who would like to take advantage of Anna's sensual charm and candor, but ultimately lack the courage and the strength; and especially in the malicious maneuvering of aunt Leda to usurp her talked-about sister's husband and children. After the eleventh-hour discovery of an unknown brother, a surprise wedding and separation, our trio's adventures lead to an unexpected reconciliation. This inspirational film showcases a final life lesson, from an unconventional, unique mother about keeping the faith in the wonderful exuberance that life has to offer.
Beautifully shot by Nicola Pecorini (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), The First Beautiful Thing won Best Actor (Mastandrea), Best Actress (Ramazzotti), Best screenplay and was nominated for Best Italian Film and Best Director at the 2010 David di Donatello (Italian Academy) Awards.
Directed by: Paolo Virzì, Italy, 2010, 122 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.
Fri., Apr. 22 at 7 & 9:15 pm
Sat.-Sun., Apr. 23-24 at 2:30, 4:45, 7 & 9:15 pm
Mon.-Thurs., Apr. 25-28 at 7 & 9:15 pm