2009-02-19 / About Town

'Bread and Tulips' next film in series

The second film in the 2009 Foreign Film Series is the 2000 Italian film "Bread and Tulips," directed by Silvio Soldini. It will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Amazon.com said, "Italy's magical fantasy of midlife crisis and rebirth in Venice, the city of lovers, swept the Italian film awards and charmed all of Europe.

Director Silvio Soldini turns the tourist mecca of piazzas, canals, and stone bridges into a quaint little village out of time and fills the film with the charm of the city and the gentle quirks of his delightful cast.

Licia Maglietta is winning as Rosalba, the frustrated and ignored middle-aged mom who impulsively takes a vacation from her family.

She hitchhikes to Venice and falls for lonely, suicidal Icelandic waiterpoet Bruno Ganz (whose soulful, sad eyes recall his fallen angel from Wings of Desire), blossoming as she rediscovers her smile and joy for life. Sweetly sexy and beautifully shot, this story of second chances may not be original or surprising (think Shirley Valentine), but it's no less lovely or enchanting for it."

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the film will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

All films are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Library. For more information, contact the library at 423-7280.

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