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An Italian Name

Australian Premiere


  • Alessandro Gassmann
  • Valeria Golino
  • Luigi Lo Cascio
  • Rocco Papaleo
  • Micaela Ramazzotti
Italy | 2015 | 94 mins
Brilliant dialogue.
DIRECTOR Francesca Archibugi

A graduate in Film Direction from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, Archibugi’s films have won awards from San Sebastián to Venice including her feature debut, Mignon è partita (1988) which won 5 David di Donatello awards, Verso sera (1990), starring Marcello Mastroianni and Sandrine Bonnaire, named Best Film at David di Donatello Awards, and The Great Pumpkin (Il grande cocomero) (1993) which won 2 David di Donatello awards and was selected for Cannes’ prestigious Un Certain Regard section.

Winner of multiple awards, Francesca Archibugi presents an uncanny portrayal of the psychological dynamics that affect us all, particularly with those who know us best.

Paolo (Alessandro Gassman, Viva Italy, LIFF14) is an outgoing and handsome real estate broker married to Simona (Michaela Ramazzotti, Those Happy Years, LIFF14), a beautiful woman from the rough outskirts of Rome who has become an author of spicy bestsellers and is pregnant with their child. Betta (Valeria Golino, Human Capital, LIFF14), Paolo’s sister and her husband Sandro (Luigi Lo Cascio, Marina, LIFF14) organise a dinner party with Paolo, Simona and their childhood friend, the eccentric musician Claudio (Rocco Papaleo, A Boss in the Kitchen, LIFF14). During the lively gathering Paolo reveals what he would like to name his son, causing reactions to steam up and a torrent of revelations to follow reaching climactic proportions. This celebrated drama is an engrossing warning against buried resentment, and a plea not to forget hopes and dreams of the past.

  • Winner
    • Best Actor - Nastro d'Argento Awards 2015
    • Best Supporting Actress - Nastro d'Argento Awards 2015
All non-English films screen with English subtitles.

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