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DIRECTED BY Francesca Archibugi

Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English
Original Title: IL NOME DEL FIGLIO

Running Time: 94min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Knight Competition

What’s in a name? The heft of a particular generation’s self-doubt, as it turns out. The latest from veteran director Francesca Archibugi marks a robust return to sophisticated comedy for the Italian cinema, fusing the spirit of vintage commedia all’italiana with new, decidedly modern concerns.

Liberal university professor Sandro and his wife Betta share a gorgeous Roman apartment and a charmed life with their two adorable children. Having learned that her brother Paolo, a handsome, funny, successful real estate broker, is expecting a child with his new wife Simona, Betta organizes a dinner party to celebrate.

Tension is palpable from the beginning, and the razor-sharp zingers fly. Simona, a celebrity author, arrives tardy as she’s been doing press for her latest trashy romance novel. Sandro, ever the cultivated snob, can barely conceal how offensive he finds Simona’s mere presence, despite the fact that his own artistic output has been reduced to authoring pithy tweets. The biggest feud of all, however, comes when Paolo unveils the name he has chosen for his unborn son, demolishing the patina of order as deferred dreams and suppressed disappointments come roaring out of slumber. –Jaie Laplante


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Director: Francesca Archibugi
Producer: Marco Cohen, Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, Andrea Occhipinti
Screenwriter: Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo

Cinematographer: Fabio Cianchetti
Editor: Esmeralda Calabria

Cast: Alessandro Gassmann, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Rocco Papaleo, Micaela Ramazzotti

Francesca Archibugi

Francesca Archibugi is from Rome. Her debut feature, Mignon Has Left, closed the Festival in 1989, making Archibugi the first woman to be honored in one of the Festival’s major galas. Her other films include the Donatello Award-winning The Great Pumpkin (1993), which also screened at the Festival, Shooting the Moon (1998), Tomorrow (2001) and Flying Lessons (2007).