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Pane e Tulipani

Fortnight 2000, Feature film, 1h55


During a tourist bus excursion, Rosalba, a housewife from Pescara, is annoyed to find she’s been left behind in a roadside cafeteria. Instead of waiting for her husband and children to come back for her, she decides to go home alone. She ends up in a car headed for Venice, a city she is unfamiliar with. The next day is Sunday… and her adventure begins. What should have been a day off turns into a « small vacation » — as she herself puts it in a letter to her family. Her husband, Mimmo, is furious. When he learns that one of his employees, a hydraulics expert, is big on pulp thrillers, he despatches him to Venice to find his wife. In the meantime, Rosalba has begun a new life. She finds work with an old anarchist florist, lives at Fernando’s, a somewhat naive Icelander who works as a waiter, and becomes close friends with her neighbor Grazia, an esthetician and masseuse. At Fernando’s insistence, Rosalba goes back to her old passion, the accordion. When Costantino, the (hydraulics) detective, finally picks up her trail after many adventures, he also finds himself mixed up in something he hadn’t foreseen…


Silvio Soldini

He was born in Italy. In 1983, his first short films had a great success in international festivals. In 1984, he founded his production company Monogatari. In 1986, he directed Voci celate, the begginning of his documentary work. In 1990, he made his first feature film L’Aria serena dell’ovest. Un’anima divisa in due was in competition in Venice and was awarded.

Antonio Catania
Bruno Ganz
Felice Andreasi
Giuseppe Battiston
Licia Maglietta
Marina Massironi
Tatiana Lepore
Vitalba Andrea

Doriana LeondeffSilvio Soldini

Luca Bigazzi

Maurizio Argentieri

Carlotta Cristiani

Giovanni Venosta

Set decoration
Paola Bizzarri

production : Daniele Maggioni, Monogatari, via G. Previati 33, 20149 Milan, Italie, Tél.: (39 02) 4800 9007, Fax : (39 02) 4800 4758, E-mail : Istituto Luce – Raicinema – Amka Films Productions – TSI vente à l’étranger : Adriana Chiesa Enterprise, via Barnaba Oriani 24/A, 00197 Rome, Italie, Tél.: (39 06) 8070 400, Fax : (39 06) 8068 7855 distribution : Océan Films, 40 avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris, France, Tél.: 33 (0)1 56 62 30 30, Fax : 33 (0)1 56 62 30 40 presse : (France) Thierry Lenouvel, Tél. : 33 (0)1 47 70 29 72, Fax : 33 (0)1 47 70 29 73 (international) P.I.E., Alexis Delage-Toriel, Tél.: 33 (0)1 47 53 76 99, Fax : 33 (0)1 47 53 77 12

Title in Original Version : Pain, tulipes et comédie