General · 16th January 2011
Friday, January 21, 7:45 at the Quadra Community Centre, Friday Flicks presents Mid-August Lunch. This Italian film is directed by Gianni Di Gregorio, and has English subtitles. The film is rated G.
Charming and unpretentious, Mid-August Lunch, is a gentle portrait about the joys and regrets of old age and the pleasures of food and companionship. The story follows Gianni (Gianni Di Gregorio, who also wrote and directed the film), a placid 50-something bachelor who grudgingly agrees to look after a quirky collection of four elderly ladies in his tiny Roman apartment during Ferragosto, the Italian holiday celebrated on August 15.
Featuring remarkable performances from its elderly cast, Mid- August Lunch is an absolute delight that doesn’t shy away from depicting the indignities of growing old, and yet manages to invest all of its elderly characters with dignity.
“Films don’t always deserve the awards they win, but when the delicious Mid- August Lunch took home the coveted Golden Snail at Bologna’s International Festival of Food and Film, justice was definitely served”- Los Angeles Times