Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

Latin Lover 2015

Directed by Cristina Comencini World

The five daughters of a womanising Italian movie star gather to officially commemorate his greatness – and privately sift through the family trash – in this fizzy ensemble comedy, which wittily references Italy’s movie past.

Jul 17

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Jul 22

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Jul 28

The Civic

Aug 02

The Civic

Italy In Italian with English subtitles
104 minutes CinemaScope / DCP


Lionello Cerri


Giulia Calenda
Cristina Comencini


Italo Petriccione


Francesca Calvelli

Production designer

Paola Comencini

Costume designer

Alessandro Lai


Andrea Farri


Virna Lisi (Rita)
Marisa Paredes (Ramona)
Angela Finocchiaro (Susanna)
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Stephanie)
Candela Peña (Segunda)
Pihla Viitala (Solveig)
Nadeah Miranda (Shelley)
Francesco Scianna (Saverio)
Neri Marcorè (Walter)
Claudio Gioè (Marco Serra)


In this vivacious female ensemble comedy, two of the wives and all five known daughters of a womanising movie star congregate in the South Italian sun for a public celebration of his memory. Italy, Spain, France, Sweden and Hollywood are each represented by a daughter: for every phase in Saverio Crispo’s international career, there was at least one partner left with a child. Co-writer/director Cristina Comencini contrasts the fizz of sisterly disputes, showbiz rivalries and survivor solidarity with the earnest critical dissertations and tributes of the official commemoration. In film-clip pastiches revelling in Italy’s movie past, we revisit the career highlights of the feckless departed one. The cast includes the late Virna Lisi in her final role, as the official first wife, and Almodóvar regular Marisa Paredes as the Spanish actress Crispo married during the Spaghetti Western era. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi parodies her own neurotic screen persona as the Parisian daughter, an actress who’s never felt part of the clan, and gradually wakes up to the news that papa was an equal-opportunity evader of family ties.

Screening With This Feature

Food for Thought 2015


14 minutes

After the sudden death of her elderly father, a middle-aged daughter uncovers some incriminating evidence in her mother’s freezer. Screening with Latin Lover.