Friday, November 1, 2013   |   7:00 pm


  • Director: Matteo Garrone
  • Cast: Aniello Arena (Luciano), Loredana Simioli (Maria), Nando Paone (Michele), Raffaele Ferrante (Enzo)
  • Year: 2012
  • Duration: 115 mins
  • Tickets: Online and Location
  • Cost: $14.00 at the door. Save through Early Bird purchase online – members $11, all others $12. Deadline for Early Bird specials is Oct. 30.

The story of Luciano, a Neapolitan fishmonger who wants to be a star. Chasing his dream, he falls into a paranoiac nightmare.

Luciano is a Neapolitan fishmonger who enhances his modest income through little scams with his wife Maria. He is happy in his work and nestled in the obsessive love of a large, noisy, yammering, typical Neapolitan family. Luciano never misses a chance to perform for his relatives, especially for his children, as we learn at the end of the memorable opening shot that guides us into the absurd and colorful merriment of a wedding party.

One day he tries out for the Italian version of “Big Brother”. The organizers give him a remote possibility of succeeding, and he suddenly realizes he really wants to be a “star”. In chasing this paltry dream, his perceptions of reality begins to fall apart. Luciano almost loses everything for the sake of a shot at fame.

Acclaimed director Matteo Garrone closely follows his extraordinary main character with a great number of close-up shots and details filming his decline, in a bitter and caustic way – both a funny and terrible metaphor of our western society.

The film won the Grand Prix at 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Parking Information

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

1649 El Prado  San Diego, CA 92101

Parking lots are available in Balboa Park, both to the north and south of MOPA, including behind the Organ Pavilion, south of the Science Museum, and north of the Natural Sciences Museum.  Another option is a lot near the Naval Medical Center just to the east of Park Blvd. and President’s Way.  The Park runs a trolley from the parking lot there up to the Plaza de Panama.

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Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.238.7559

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