The Man Who Bought the Moon
Lovers in romantic comedies always promise each other the moon, but a Sardinian fisherman somehow actually acquired it—and now an American agent must pass as a Sardinian, track him down, and figure out how.
"When Zucca flexes his fondness for exaggeration, The Man Who Bought the Moon boasts an almost tidal pull."—Screen Daily
To claim ownership of a celestial body is the height of absurdity. But what if the world took the absurdity seriously? Such is the premise of this roving farce from director Paolo Zucca, as two portly government agents—Italy's answer to Tweedledee and Tweedledum—discover that an anonymous Sardinian resident has laid claim to Earth's natural satellite. Immediately, word spreads through diplomatic channels in a series of grave phone calls. (The Americans, as expected, are particularly upset.) Deciding that this lunatic must be found, Italy tracks down a Special Forces agent named Kevin Pirelli (Jacopo Cullin) who is secretly a Sardinian native, hiding behind a fake Milanese name and dyed blond hair. To complete his mission, he is trained to blend into society by Badore (Benito Urgu), a grizzled, hilariously deadpan taskmaster, who instills stereotypical provincial attitudes in the sweet, agreeable Pirelli, such as intense stubbornness and irascibility. Once on the island, a freshly bearded Pirelli finally discovers the moon-owner and the poignant reason behind his otherworldly investment, leading to a loony, fantastically visualized confrontation between government forces and the moon itself. In the end, Zucca's film is more about riffing on stereotypes of his home island than on sci-fi, adding an emotional dimension to balance the slapstick silliness.
After earning a degree in Modern Literature from the University of Florence, Paolo Zucca was selected for a scholarship for the RAI School for Film and Television Screenwriters, then graduated from the N.U.C.T. (New University of Cinema and Television) at Cinetta Studios with a degree in directing. His feature film The Referee (2013) opened the Venice Days section of the 70th Venice Film Festival, while his second feature The Man Who Bought The Moon (2018) premiered in Busan and at the Rome Film Festival. Born in 1972 in Cagliari, Paolo splits his time between Sardinia and Rome.
Sponsored by Caruccio's, The Walls Vineyards
- Original Language Title: L’Uomo Che Compro’ La Luna
- Director: Paolo Zucca
- Principal Cast: Jacopo Cullin, Stefano Fresi, Francesco Pannofino, Benito Urgu, Lazar Ristovski
- Premiere Status: North American Premiere
- Country: Italy, Argentina, Albania
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 103 minutes
- Producer: Amedeo Pagani, Nicola Giuliano
- Screenplay: Paolo Zucca, Barbara Alberti, Geppi Cucciari
- Cinematographers: Ramiro Civita
- Editors: Sarah McTeigue
- Music: Andrea Guerra
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: The Referee (2013)
- Language: Italian
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: True Colours Glorious Films