La felicità non costa niente

Sergio (Mimmo Calopresti) is a successful architect, with a loving wife (Fabrizia Sacchi), a young lover (Valeria Solarino), good friends (Vincent Perez and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), a leading construction company 

 

Director : Mimmo Calopresti
Screenplay : Francesco Bruni – Mimmo Calopresti
Cinematographer: Arnaldo Catinari
Music : Franco Piersanti
Cast: M. Calopresti, V. Perez, F. Neri, F. Sacchi, V. Bruni Tedeschi, P. Servillo, L. Betti, L. De Santis, V. Solarino, E. Minciotti, F. Siciliano
Format: 35 Mm.
Duration: 93’
Producer: Donatella Botti
Distribution: Lucky Red

 

BIOGRAPHY 
Mimmo Calopresti was born in 1955. In 1985 he won the first prize at Festival Cinema Giovani in Turin with the video A proposito di sbavature. For Italian State TV he has made “Paolo ha un lavoro” (1991), “Paco e Francesca” (1992) and Remzjia (for television feature “Storie vere”). He created  for the audio-visual archives of the Workers’ Movement, the videos “1943 – La scelta” (1994) and “’43 – ’45 Pane e libertà.”. Many of his works have been shown at international film festivals.
In 1995 he wrote and directed the film La seconda volta (officially selected for Cannes Film Festival in 1995) which went on to win the Solinas Prize for best screenplay. In 1997 he wrote and directed La parola amore esiste (Cannes Film Festival, 1997 – “Quinzaine des Réalisateurs”). In 1998 he directed the documentary Tutto era Fiat. In 2001 he directed and co-wrote the film Preferisco il rumore del mare,  in which he also starred. In 2002 he directed, co-wrote and also acted in the film La felicità non costa niente. He has won several prizes at the Chicago International Film Festival, and the “Ciak d’oro” for best debut film.

SYPNOSIS
Sergio (Mimmo Calopresti) is a successful architect, with a loving wife (Fabrizia Sacchi), a young lover (Valeria Solarino), good friends (Vincent Perez and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) and a leading building firm. He’s a well-to-do man with an enviable life. However one day, a car accident forces him to re-evaluate his life. Sergio abandons everything and everyone around him and begins to lead a more reclusive existence. His search for meaning leaves him stranded on the periphery of an unreality, that is, stuck between his half-empty apartment and the streets of Rome by night. It’s during his wandering that he encounters Sara (Francesca Neri); in his mistaking infatuation for love, Sergio’s idealism only leaves him further isolated. His only companion on the road, and the only tangible link to his past, is Gianni (Peppe Servillo), one of his employees. It is he and his simple nature that can steer Sergio towards his true goal: happiness.

 

 

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