Italian Film Festival

Five Star Life

Info: Viaggio sola, Italy, 2013, 85 mins, DCP

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Maria Sole Tognazzi

Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Margherita Buy, Fabrizia Sacchi


  • Friday January 9, 2015 - 9:30 pm
  • Sunday January 11, 2015 - 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday January 14, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday January 15, 2015 - 6:30 pm

"Today a woman can still feel incomplete if she has no children, but there is a large part of the population, 17 percent, who are women, single and happy. Perfection doesn’t exist, there are no better lives than others, but there are roads marked by who we are." -- Maria Sole Tognazzi (director)

Five Star Life is the sophisticated story of one woman’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world’s finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge’s manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bed sheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment’s notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn’t leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she’s not working, Irene’s world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia (Fabrizia Sacchi), two lively young nieces, and best friend – and former lover – Andrea (Stefano Accorsi). But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene’s small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. After a chance meeting shakes up her worldview even more, she’s compelled to re-examine her choices and charts her own path to happiness despite the expectations of others.