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A major box office sensation in Italy and its 2010 Academy Award® submission for Best Foreign Language Film, THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING marks the US resurgence of the Italian Commedia. Filmed on location in Livorno, famed Italian director Paulo Virzi (La Bella Vita) brings together a star-studded ensemble cast in a feature with a vintage spirit that delivers a special combination of compassionate laughter and social critique. Palisades Tartan is proud to bring you THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING, available on DVD & Blu-ray May 22nd (SRP of $24.98 and $29.98, respectively).
This beautiful and touching comedic drama follows a strong and optimistic mother (award-winning actress and acclaimed Italian beauty Micaela Ramazzotti) as she tries to raise her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. Filmed on location in Livorno, famed Italian director Paolo Virzě has crafted a heartwarming tale filled with unforgettable and emotional true-to-life performances that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes both at the same time.
THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING was nominated for an impressive 18 David di Donatello Awards (Italy's Academy Awards) and won for Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Actor. Director Paolo Virzi was also shortlisted for Best European Director by The European Film Academy last year. Virzi first made a name for himself with his debut feature, La Bella Vita, where he won the David di Donatello and Silver Ribbon awards for best new director. His penultimate feature film, Tutta la vita davanti, won two Silver Ribbons (Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress, Sabrina Ferilli).
Italian cinema caused a sensation in the United States over a decade ago when Roberto Benigni won three Oscars for Life Is Beautiful. The commedia enjoyed terrific critical and commercial success and Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema said ''This is an honor for Italian cinema and culture.” Virzi directed Benigni in Caterina In The Big City (2003).
With a strong ensemble cast of Italian cinema heavyweights including Micaela Ramazzotti (Tutta La Vita Davanti), Stefania Sandrelli (Stealing Beauty, The Last Kiss, Jamon, Jamon), and Valerio Mastandrea (Nine, Tutta La Vita Davanti), Virzi is able to weave together a compassionate and touching narrative that makes THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING stand out among other films in the New Italian Cinema movement. For more information, visit palisadestartan.com.
Additional information: The First Beautiful Thing on DVD and Blu-ray