| Director: Simona Izzo, Ricky Tognazzi
Screenplay: Simona Izzo, Graziano Diana
Photography: Tani Canevari
Music: Andrea Guerra
Cast: G. Tognazzi, M. Catania, F. Venditti, I. Sastre
Format: 35 Mm
Production: Massimo Ferrero – Blu Cinematografica
Distribuzione: 20th Century Fox Italia
Simona Izzo. She was born in Rome in 1953. She began her carrier in show business as a child working as a dubber. The dubbing will give her the chance to win the Nastro d’Argento in 1990 for the voice of the character interpreted by Jacqueline Bisset in the film “Scene di lotta di classe a Beverly Hills”. Later she begins to perform herself, and she becomes known to the public as an actress. Films she has acted in include: “In camera mia” (1992) directed by Luciano Martino, “Prestazione straordinaria” by Sergio Rubini (1994), “Simpatici e antipatici” by Cristian De Sica (1997). Later she edited the screenplays of numerous films such as “Piccoli equivoci”, “Ultrà”, “La scorta”, “Vite Strozzate” (1995) and “Canone inverso” (2000) by Ricky Tognazzi e “Commedia sexy” (2001) directed by Claudio Bigagli. Her debut as director was with her sister Rossella in 1986, with a Film for Tv, “Parole e baci”. In 1994 she directed “Maniaci sentimentali”, an amusing comedy about marriage that gave her the David of Donatello as the best new director.
Ricky Tognazzi. Born on May 1st 1955, he is the son of artistic parents, the actor Ugo Tognazzi and the english actress Pat O’Hara. He has three younger brothers, born from his father’s other two marriages. Thomas, Gianmarco and MariaSole, all work in the film industry. He is married to Simona Izzo, a well-known dubber; director set designer and actress, with who has produced various films in the last years. As a child he acted in small parts with his father, he then studied first in Great Britain, and then in Italy at Cine-TV and at the DAMS in Bologna. He obtained a diploma at the Sate Institute for cinematography. After finishing his studies, he began to contribute as an assistant director, first with his father and then with other directors such as Nanny Loi, Pupi Avati, Luigi Comencini, Ponzi and Leone.
His first work as director is the film for TV “Fernanda” from 1987, which was part of the series “Piazza Navona”. Later he shoots many other films, and recently also one for television. The most significant works are: 1989 "Piccoli equivoci", 1990 "Ultrà", 1993 "La scorta" e nel 2000 "Canone inverso”. He signed the screenplay and directed the TV-film on the life of Papa Giovanni XXIII, in which he also plays a part as Monsignor Radini Tedeschi. He has a very rich filmograhpy as an actor. He began his career besides his father, in “I Mostri” from 1963, in which he played the part of the son in the episode “L’educazione sentimentale”.
As an adult he has acted in films such as "Qualcosa di biondo" from 1984, "La famiglia" from 1987 by Ettore Scola, "Caruso Paskoski di padre polacco" by director and actor Francesco Nuti, "Arrivederci e grazie" both from 1988. In 1993 he played in "Maniaci Sentimentali», directed by his actual wife Simona Izzo. In 2000 he shoots and acts in the film "I giudici – Vittime eccellenti", and his last work as actor director and scrip-writer is the film for television "Il Papa Buono". In his career, Ricky Tognazzi has received numerous prices: in 1990 Nastro d’Argento as best beginner director for the film "Piccoli equivoci", in 1991 David di Donatello as best direction for "Ultrà", this film has also won the price for best direction at the Filmfest of Berlin. In 1993 he received the price David di Donatello for the best direction in the film "La scorta" and in 2000 the price David Scuola for the film "Canone inverso".
Esiodo advised: “When you make a deal with your brother be polite, but make sure to have a witness”. Therefore he considered to be brothers a certain source of possible misunderstandings, oppressions, overpowering. Our protagonist, Flavio, is even harder: “A brother is a stranger who was born before or after you”. In his case, he was ten years old when he received from his mother a “present” which was his brother, Francesco. From then on he has to share his live, the family firm, the family, his mother’s heart, the respect of his father and, why not, also women….
Francesco is thirty years old and is an impertinent single. He cannot stand the world anymore, as it is but he does not do anything to change it. Eccentric philosopher, ironic and disenchanted, he is involved with his last blind date organised by his sister in law Laura. During an incoherent and overwhelming evening he meets Elisa. Fragile, blond, ethereal, Elisa is the dancing teacher of Flavio’s girls, but most of all she is for the last two years his secret lover. As we usually say the plot gets more complicated. The coup of theatre follow one after another, and the conflicts explode in a meeting in four where Flavio, besides getting drunk, tells his wife, after his brother and Elisa leaves, that he loves another woman and that between them it is over. But other events, more painful, will upset in a definitive way the lives of every one…
From the homonym novel by Lorenzo Licalzi.
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