Italian Film Festival


The Beginners

Info: 2016, 125 min

Language: IT and FR, EN Subtitles

Director: Claudio Cupellini

Cast: Elio Germano, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Valerio Binasco


  • Saturday January 7, 2017 - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 11, 2017 - 4:15 pm

"Germano—who won the equivalent of Italy’s Oscar last year for the biopic Leopardi—is bursting with energy and edginess, turning Fausto into a likeable guy who can lose his cool at any moment. Berges-Frisbey (I Origins) is also memorable as a girl who can’t get by on much more than her good looks, and who finds herself facing a life of mediocrity if Fausto doesn’t step in to save her." Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

This torrid, passionate melodrama is like a C21 Visconti movie. A waiter in a 5 star Paris hotel flirts with an aspiring model and offers to show her the penthouse suite – a ploy that culminates with him spending several years in prison. To  his surprise,  Nadine is there to meet him when he gets out. They make a life together in Milan, but the course of true love does not run smooth in this dynamic, glossy, and exhilarating effort from Claudio Cupellini.