MAGNIFICA PRESENZA
2012, Fandango Portobello, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Ferzan Ozpetek

In Ferzan Ozpetek's charmingly strange comedic drama, Elio Germano stars as Pietro, a 20-something gay pastry chef and would-be actor who happens to live with a former theater troupe of dramatic, hand-wringing ghosts (led by Giuseppe Fiorello and Margherita Buy) in his new apartment in Rome. As Pietro tries to co-exist with his Grand Guignol roommates, he learns of their unsettling history, which came to a blunt, mysterious end in 1943. Meanwhile, the spooks help him with his love life. With Vittoria Puccini. Winner of the Best Director, Actor (Germano) and Supporting Actress (Paula Minaccioni) and Supporting Actor (Fiorello) awards at the 2012 Golden Globes Italy and recipient of the Silver Ribbon for Best Original Story by the Italian film critics union (S.N.G.C.I.). In Italian with English subtitles.


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