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La Grande Bellezza

November 21, 2013

Cinema Italian Style Closing Night Film and Party

Italy | 2013 | 142 minutes | Paolo Sorrentino

From the grandeur of Rome's most famous palaces, aqueducts and fountains to a secret garden locked away by key, La Grande Bellezza is a carnival for the senses and a cinematic feast - at once delightful, nostalgic, and inspiring.

Film: $11 | $6 Members
Film and Closing Night Party: $25 | $20 Members

Festival Pass: $100 | $75 Members (includes Opening and Closing Night parties)
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La Grande Bellezza plunges into the world of the charismatic 65-year-old Jep Gambardella (the incomparable Toni Servillo), a famous journalist and single man-about-town, whose early promise as a novelist was never fulfilled. Jep is content enough with his life, made up of wild Euro-trash parties, fancy soirées and encounters with the amusing and often absurd characters that inhabit his largely after-dark existence. Jep finds meaning in every part of his beloved city. When the husband of Jep's first lover reveals that his recently deceased wife was in fact always truly in love with Jep, a revitalised outlook on life and the city he loves is awakened. The exhausted pleasures and excesses of his life take on a freshness, particularly with his blossoming lust with Ramona (Sabrina Ferilli), a 41 year old exotic dancer.

A darling of this year's Cannes Film Festival, Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, Il Divo) has accomplished a five star homage to Rome - the Eternal City - and a sweeping, evocative tale in the style of Rossellini and Fellini.


Closing Night Party at La Spiga

Renowned for its Northern Italian cuisine, La Spiga is authentic enough in both food and ambience to make you feel a wave of nostalgia, even if you've never been to Emilia-Romagna. Chef and co-owner Sabrina Tinsley crafts the Romagnola cuisine to make it genuine, yet hers alone. Using the very finest ingredients, menus are changed seasonally to reflect what is freshest in local markets. As co-owner and host Pietro Borghesi says, "An evening at La Spiga is like dining in Italy - without the plane fare." Learn more about La Spiga.

La Spiga

1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

$10 valet parking is available.


Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Principal Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Savrina Ferilli, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi
Country: Italy, France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 142 minutes
Producer: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Fabio Conversi
Screenplay: Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino
Cinematographers: Luca Bigazzi
Editors: Cristiano Travaglioli
Production Designer: Stefania Cella
Music: Lele Marchitelli
Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2013 (Foreign Language Film)
Language: Italian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Janus Films
International Sales: Pathe International
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