Thursday, March 9, 2017   |   7:00 pm

Il giovane favoloso


  • Director: Mario Martone
  • Cast: Elio Germano, Isabella Ragonese, Michele Riondino, Edo Natoli, Massimo Popolizio, Anna Mouglalis, Valerio Binasco, Paolo Graziosi, Sandro Lombardi, Iaia Forte, Federica De Cola, Giovanni Ludeno, Giorgia Salari
  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 137'
  • Tickets: Online and Location
  • Cost: $12 general, $8 SDIFF members, students/military with regular ID

Based on the fraught life of 19th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, Mario Martone’s biopic features an unforgettable performance by Elio Germano in the title role. Born into an aristocratic and learned family living in Recanati, Giacomo has access to a celebrated library where he and his siblings are encouraged by their strict father to spend many hours in study. Physically frail, he increasingly leads a life of the mind, devoting himself to an epistolary friendship with scholar Pietro Giordani, several romantic interests and a feverish compulsion to write. “Leopardi” brings the past to life with sumptuous visuals and a propulsive narrative. Filmed in the actual house, library and streets where Leopardi lived, the film offers a scintillating depiction of the life and times of a man whose body just could not keep pace with his intellect.

Director: Mario Martone
Screenplay: Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo
Producer: Carlo Degli Esposti, Patrizia Massa, Nicola Serra
Editor: Jacopo Quadri
Director of Photography: Renato Berta

Production Company: Palomar, Rai Cinema
Distributor: Rai Com

Italian with English subtitles

The Birch North Park Theatre

La Paloma Theatre
471 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
T: 760-436-SHOW

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