The Office of International Education at IUP will continue its Foreign Film and Music Series by screening Italian film Mid-August Lunch on Sunday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Sprowls Hall's McVitty Auditorium. The film will follow in the footsteps of previous films in this series and will be shown in its original Italian language accompanied by English subtitles.
Writer/director Gianni Di Gregorio stars in this quirky tale of an Italian slacker who lives with his elderly mother. In the story, Di Gregorio's character (also named Gianni) has failed to pay the rent on the run-down apartment he shares with his mother. Gianni is hit with a stroke of good luck when, during Italy's largest summer celebration, the Ferragosto, his building manager offers to forgive Gianni's debt. In return, Gianni must care for the manager's mother.
The Ferragosto is, quite literally, a Catholic holiday marking the Virgin Mary's entry into heaven. The festival is celebrated in over a dozen countries, where it's observed as a public holiday. The Ferragosto is celebrated every August 15, hence the film's title.
Upon the release of "Mid-August Lunch" in 2009, critic Philip French of British publication The Guardian, hailed the film as a "delightful and witty homage to older people." While the film may not have garnered any Academy Award nominations, it has received a number of awards from various film festivals. "Mid-August Lunch" is a treat, however, because it provides an opportunity for audiences to take a respite from everyday life to partake in a light-hearted cinematic experience.