As Needed (Quanto basta)


Vogue Theatre Fri, Nov 30, 2018 6:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Special Screening
Running Time:92 min.
Invited Guest(s)::Invited Guest: Director Francesco Falaschi
Director:Francesco Falaschi
Producer:Notorius Pictures
TC Filmes
supported by MiBACT – DG Cinema
with the support of Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema
Regione Lazio Cinema International
Fondazione CSC
Screenwriter:Filippo Bologna
Ugo Chiti
Francesco Falaschi
Federico Sperindei
Cinematographer:Stefano Falivene
Editor:Patrizio Marone
Simone Manetti
Music:Paolo Vivaldi
Cast:Vinicio Marchioni
Valeria Solarino
Luigi Fedele
Nicola Siri
Mirko Frezza
Benedetta Porcaroli
Gianfranco Gallo
Alessandro Haber
Lucia Batassa
Giuseppe Laudisa


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Francesco Falaschi’s delightful comedy takes us on a culinary road trip to Florence, culminating in a contest for young cooks. Arturo (Vinicio Marchioni) is a veteran chef with minor anger management problems who, after a short stint in prison, performs community service at a school for teens with Asperger’s. His students are eager to learn, especially Guido (Luigi Fedele), a young man who remembers every ingredient in every recipe. At first, the jaded Arturo views Guido as an obligation, but the boy’s earnest enthusiasm rubs off on his mentor. Arturo delays his move to Milan to cook in a sleek restaurant when the opportunity arises to accompany Guido to the competition in Tuscany’s capital. Complicating matters is the fact that the president of the jury is Daniel Marinari (Nicola Siri), Arturo’s celebrity chef ex-business partner and the man Arturo considers responsible for his previous troubles. As Arturo confronts his past and Guido faces the pressure of competition, their initially contentious relationship evolves into a friendship that make both question their values. The Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalist awarded the Graziella Bonacchi Award to Luigi Fedele for his exceptional performance in this film that celebrates neurodiversity.

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Francesco Falaschi, born in Grosseto, 1961, earned his degree in History of Cinema in Florence. During his career he has directed more than 20 shorts. One, Quasi fratelli, was awarded the David di Donatello Prize in 1999. Another, Assaggi di cinema was presented at the Cannes Festival in 2007. In 2003, he directed Emma sono io, which won the 2003 N.I.C.E. Award, assigned by the audience in San Francisco. He has been the director of the Scuola di Cinema - Workshop for Filmmakers in Grosseto, Tuscany since 2006. Together with his students, he produced the successful web series Casa Coop, the first sitcom realized for the web in Italy. In 2017, he directed the feature film As Needed (Quanto basta), for which the actor Luigi Fedele received the 2018 Nastro D’Argento for Best Actor.