Regia: Silvio Soldini
Sceneggiatura: Doriana Leondeff, Marco Pettenello, Silvio Soldini
Fotografia: Ramiro Civita
Musica: Banda Osiris
Interpreti: Alba Rohrwacher, Valerio Mastrandrea, Giuseppe Battiston, Claudia Gerini, Luca Zingaretti, Maria Paiato, Giselda Volodi, Giuseppe Cederna, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michele Maganza, Shi Yang, Luca Dirodi, Serena Pinto.
Montaggio: Carlotta Cristiani
Produzione: Lumiere & Co., Ventura Film, con il Contributo del MiBAC, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera italiana, con il Sostegno delle Film Commission Torino Piemonte e Valle D’Aosta.
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Scattered around the streets and gardens, the statues oversee the city as it wakes up. If you get close enough, climbing up to them, you can hear them think or even speak. Giuseppe Garibaldi (Pierfrancesco Favino), for example, is sitting on his horse at the center of a large square and can't reconcile himself to the sight of his increasingly degraded and vulgar country. Among the traffic and all the people walking under it, Leo (Valerio Mastrandrea) a plumber with two children to raise, and Diana (Alba Rohrwacher), a young artist full of ideas but without a penny, stroll by. They will meet in the office of Malaffano (Luca Zingaretti), a powerful and fraudulent lawyer, whose waiting room walls she is asked to paint for a song, while Leo is looking for help for his daughter, who unknowingly has become the star of an erotic film broadcast on the internet. Their destinies are intertwined with those of a “chorus” of characters: Elijah (Luke Dirodi), a young boy who doesn't do well in school and who secretly has bred a stork, Amanzio (Giuseppe Battiston), who gave up work to live as some kind of urban hermit, Teresa (Claudia Gerini), Leo's deceased wife who visits him every night for a chat, and then a Chinese man called Fiorenzo (Yang Shi), a slipper manufacturer and a mysterious private investigator. With such background, Diana and Leo gradually shift from being strangers to becoming a loving couple.
Sivio Soldini at 21 he moved to New York to study film at the New York University. This experience led him to the making of Drimage, his first short film. He then moved back to Milan and began working as a translator for a few American TV series and as assistant director in advertising. Along with Giorgio Garini and Daniele Maggioni he founded his own production company "Monogotari", with which he made his first feature film The Air West in1990. The film was in competition at the Locarno Film Festival and was considered among the most representative films of a new film rebirth called "New Italian Cinema." Soldini has directed comedies and engaged films as : Burning in the Wind, A Soul Split in Two, Acrobats, Bread and Tulips (David di Donatello 2000 for Best Director and Best Screenplay) The Tempest, Days and Clouds and What More do I Want?