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Garibaldi's Lovers

Il comandante e la cicogna (The Commander and the Stork)

A sophisticated comedy casting a critical eye on contemporary Italy through the eyes of a working-class widower struggling to raise two daughters. While helping them out of a mischievous situation, he meets and falls in love with a budding artist.

May 26, 2013
9:30 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian Date has passed
May 28, 2013
4:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Also known as The Commander and the Stork, Garibaldi's Lovers is a contemporary love story told with magical realism and comedy against the backdrop of an increasingly materialism-driven and morally crumbling Italy. Widowed, working-class Leo is grappling with the trials of raising two teenaged children, whose actions he does not always understand, while also entertaining visions of his late, eccentric wife, who has limited sympathy for his hardships. Into his unconventional life comes destitute artist Diana, who is dodging demands for rent payment from her landlord; circumstances bring the two of them together at the office of a ridiculous and arrogant lawyer. The story unfolds beneath the gazes of the statue of Commander Giuseppe Garibaldi, with his running commentary of disapproval at the state of the nation, and the watchful stork who represents the chance for a new beginning. The film is populated with the absurd yet at the same time quietly tender and hopeful.

Director Biography
Silvio Soldini is an Italian director whose work has been featured in numerous international film festivals. His most decorated films include the 2000 romance comedy Bread and Tulips and the 2007 drama Days and Clouds.

Sponsored in part by Film Movement, Osteria La Spiga

Director: Silvio Soldini
Principal Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudia Gerini, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Zingaretti, Valerio Mastandrea
Premiere Status: North America
Country: Italy, Switzerland, France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 108 minutes
Producer: Lionello Cerri
Screenplay: Doriana Leondeff, Marco Pettenello, Silvio Soldini
Cinematographers: Ramiro Civita
Editors: Carlotta Cristiani
Music: Banda Osiris
Website: Intramovies
Filmography: Come Undone (2010); Days and Clouds (2007); Agata and the Storm (2004); Burning in the Wind (2002); Bread and Tulips (2000); The Acrobat (1997); The Peaceful Air of the West (1990)
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Yes
Format: BluRay
US Distributor: Intramovies
International Sales: Intramovies
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