Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning masterpiece returns to the big screen for its 20th anniversary. Join us for Campari Aperol Spritz, Stella Artois and Connoisseur gourmet icecream in hand to close the 2017 festival. 6.30pm: Drinks on arrival. 7pm: Film screening.
There's really no way to adequately describe the deftly accomplished, Best Foreign LanguageOscar-Winning Life Is Beautiful. Effervescent, uplifting, comedic and tragic, Life is Beautiful is an extraordinary film whose spirit explodes on screen like fireworks.
RobertoBenigni, Italy's king of slapstick, plays Guido a young Jewish man who falls in love instantly with the beautiful Dora (NicolettaBraschi). Several years pass, it’s 1945, Guido and Dora are married and dote on their 5-year-old son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). But the Germans have taken over the town and Guido's new family is transported to a death camp. As the backdrop turns darker Guido tries to shield his son from the horror by convincing him that the camp is an elaborate game, in which points are won against the guards by staying hidden and concealing fear. The prize, he promises, will be a life-size military tank.
Benigni creates a situation in which comedy is courage. And he draws from this an unpretentious, enormously likable film that plays with history both seriously and mischievously. This is an unmissable opportunity to view this beloved classic once more on the big screen.
(English, Italian and German with English subtitles)
WINNER: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Original Score, Academy Awards 1999
WINNER: Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival 1998
WINNER: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Producer, David di Donatello Awards 1998
WINNER: People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival 1998
Director notes: Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Tuscany, Italy. He is an Academy-Award winning actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), Pinocchio (2002) and The Monster (1994). Along with Laurence Olivier, he is one of only two actors to have directed themselves in Oscar winning performances.
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Ticket price: Luna Privilege Members $26/Adult $30