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Caterina in the Big City Details


Writer/director [[Performer~P194380~Paolo Virzì~paolovirzì]] and co-writer [[Performer~P188803~Francesco Bruni~francescobruni]] follow up their sly fish-out-of-water comedy [[Feature~V272509~My Name Is Tanino~mynameistanino]] with another comedy in a similar vein, Caterina in the Big City. Giancarlo ([[Performer~P84437~Sergio Castellitto~sergiocastellitto]]) is delighted when he has an opportunity to leave his provincial teaching job and drag his wife Agata ([[Performer~P9979~Margherita Buy~margheritabuy]]) and 12-year old daughter Caterina (newcomer [[Performer~P403523~Alice Teghil~aliceteghil]]) 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 ([[Performer~P425326~Carolina Iaquaniello~carolinaiaquaniello]]) 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 [[Performer~P84437~Sergio Castellitto~sergiocastellitto]] retrospective presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:October 24, 2003


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


Paolo Virzì
Paolo Virzì
Marco Chimenz
Riccardo Tozzi
Giovanni Stabilini
Paolo Virzì
Francesco Bruni
Arnaldo Catinari
Carlo Virzi
Composer (Music Score)
Cecilia Zanuso
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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