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THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING

by Paolo Virzì

synopsis

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 only end 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.

international title: The First Beautiful Thing
original title: La prima cosa bella
country: Italy
sales agent: Intramovies
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Paolo Virzì
film run: 111'
release date: IT 15/01/2010, GR 16/06/2011, FR 29/06/2011, SE 01/07/2011, ES 22/07/2011, BE 03/08/2011, NL 25/08/2011, PL 09/03/2012, RO 18/05/2012
screenplay: Paolo Virzì, Francesco Piccolo, Francesco Bruni
cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Pandolfi, Dario Ballantini
cinematography by: Nicola Pecorini
film editing: Simone Manetti
art director: Tonino Zera
costumes designer: Gabriella Pescucci
producer: Marco Cohen, Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, Paolo Virzì, Carlo Virzì
production: Indiana Production Company, Medusa Film, Motorino Amaranto
distributor: Medusa Film, Wild Bunch, Alta Films, Cinéart, Cinéart Netherlands B.V., Independenta Film, Seven Films, Folkets Bio

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