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Writer/director Paolo Virzì and co-writer Francesco Bruni follow up their sly fish-out-of-water comedy Francesco Bruni with another comedy in a similar vein, Caterina in the Big City. Giancarlo (Sergio Castellitto) is delighted when he has an opportunity to leave his provincial teaching job and drag his wife Agata (Margherita Buy) and 12-year old daughter Caterina (newcomer Alice Teghil) back to his old neighborhood in Rome. Caterina is a sweet, naïve, and pretty girl, and on her first day of school, she finds herself mocked as a hick. Her classmates are the sons and daughters of Rome's elite. Margherita's (Carolina Iaquaniello) parents are prominent intellectuals, and she leads a faction of bohemian socialist kids, while Daniella's father is a political heavyweight, and her preppy clique dresses in designer duds and espouses right-wing politics. Poor Caterina finds the two opposing factions battling over her allegiance, but every time she makes a new friend, her father fouls things up. Giancarlo, who is also an aspiring novelist, spends his evenings at home ranting about the elites and their devious, cliquish ways, but every time he's in the presence of an important person, he desperately tries to ingratiate himself and get his talents noticed. Meanwhile, he's drifting into depression and isolating himself from his wife and daughter. Caterina in the Big City was shown at New York City's Walter Reade Theater in 2004 as part of a Sergio Castellitto retrospective presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:October 24, 2003

Cast

Alice Teghil
as Caterina Iacovoni
Sergio Castellitto
as Giancarlo Iacovoni
Margherita Buy
as Agata Iacovoni
Galatea Ranzi
as Livia, Margherita's Mother
Flavio Bucci
Federica Sbrenna
as Daniela Germano
Carolina Iaquaniello
as Margherita Rossi Chaillet
Claudio Amendola
as Manilo Germano
Zach Wallen
as Edward
Claudio Amendola
as Manilo Germano
Zach Wallen
as Edward
Sergio Castellitto
as Giancarlo Iacovoni
Carolina Iaquaniello
as Margherita Rossi Chaillet
Margherita Buy
as Agata Iacovoni
Galatea Ranzi
as Livia, Margherita's Mother
Federica Sbrenna
as Daniela Germano

Crew

Paolo Virzì
Director
Paolo Virzì
Producer
Marco Chimenz
Producer
Riccardo Tozzi
Producer
Giovanni Stabilini
Producer
Paolo Virzì
Screenwriter
Francesco Bruni
Screenwriter
Arnaldo Catinari
Cinematographer
Carlo Virzi
Composer (Music Score)
Cecilia Zanuso
Editor
Tonino Zera
Production Designer
Guido de Laurentiis
Executive Producer
Salvatore Grimaudo
Production Manager
Mario Iaquone
Sound Editor
Guido de Laurentiis
Line Producer
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