Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Perfect Strangers 2016

Perfetti sconsciuti

Directed by Paolo Genovese World

A gathering of old friends accepts the challenge to share all incoming calls and messages. It’s a game you won’t want to emulate at your next dinner party, but dammit, you’ll be thinking about it.

Italy In Italian with English subtitles
96 minutes DCP
M (offensive language and sexual themes)

Director

Producer

Marco Belardi

Screenplay

Filippo Bologna
,
Paolo Costella
,
Paolo Genovese
,
Paola Mammini
,
Rolando Ravello

Photography

Fabrizio Lucci

Editor

Consuelo Catucci

Production designer

Chiara Balducci

Costume designers

Grazia Materia
,
Camilla Giuliani

Music

Maurizio Filardo

With

Giuseppe Battiston (Peppe)
,
Anna Foglietta (Carlotta)
,
Marco Giallini (Rocco)
,
Edoardo Leo (Cosimo)
,
Valerio Mastandrea (Lele)
,
Alba Rohrwacher (Bianca)
,
Kasia Smutniak (Eva)

Festivals

Tribeca 2016

Awards

Best Film
,
David di Donatello Awards 2016

Elsewhere

Named Best Film at the Donatellos, ‘the Italian Oscars’, Perfect Strangers offers a fiendish take on mobile-device decorum. Fairly bristling with talking points, it became a national sensation and box office hit.

Three 30-something couples and their bachelor friend who have all known each other for years meet for a dinner party. They agree that no private calling or messaging will disrupt their evening. Instead, in a communal fit of ‘We have nothing to hide’ bravado, they’ll place their devices on the table. Every incoming text, email or call will be shared with the whole party. (Letting a caller know they’re on speaker is considered a cheat.) You may soon be asking why they didn’t just play Russian roulette, as the secret projects, extra-mural liaisons and uncool online hook-ups hit the table. Complicating matters most adroitly – and lending a measure of credibility to their recklessness – is some furtive phone-swapping intended to protect the guilty. A stellar cast, including Alba Rohrwacher, Marco Giallini, and other Italian favourites skilfully manoeuvre the transitions from tender comedy through painful comeuppance to the restoration of sanity.

Screening With This Feature

So Good to See You 2016

10 minutes

Director

Festivals

Sundance 2016

On their way to a dinner party, a couple accidentally leave the voice message from hell. Screening with Perfect Strangers.