I Am Santa Claus (Io sono Babbo Natale)


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Film Info
Original Title:Io sono Babbo Natale
Program:Italian Film Festival
Release Year:2021
Runtime:98 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:True Colours Glorious Films
Director:Edoardo Falcone
Producer:Andrea Occhipinti
Cinematographer:Maurizio Calvesi
Screenwriter:Edoardo Falcone
Editor:Luciana Pandolfelli
Principal Cast:Marco Giallini
Gigi Proietti
Barbara Ronchi
Antonio Gerardi
Simone Colombari
Daniele Pecci



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Ettore has spent the last five years imprisoned for robbery. Once liberated, he has nowhere to go. His girlfriend has left him and forbids his meeting their young daughter,born right before he was arrested.

Alone and desperate, Ettore (Marco Giallini) roams the streets of Rome and meets elderly Nicola (Gigi Proietti, 1940-2020). He robs him. But after breaking into his house, Ettore realizes Nicola has nothing of value. Shockingly, Nicola tells him something rather surprising: he is Santa Claus. Can it be real?

IFF is proud to bring Gigi Proietti’s (1940-2020) last performance to Minnesota. Beloved in Italy as an actor, comedian, musician, singer and television presenter, Proietti often played on his Roman roots through unforgettable sketches, formidable caricatures and irresistible parodies.

Snuggle up with the entire family and let the Christmas magic last just a little longer!


Edoardo Falcone (Romes, 1968) is a writer and director known for Se Dio vuole (God Willing, IFF 2016) for which he received the David di Donatello and the Nastro d’argento Awards for Best Emerging Filmmaker in 2015. After years of apprenticeship as an actor and theatrical author, Edoardo Falcone made his cinema debut in 2010 writing with Massimiliano Bruno and Andrea Bassi the screenplay of the film Tutto l'amore del mondo, directed by Riccardo Grandi. In the same year he wrote with Gianluca Bomprezzi and Paolo Costella A Natale mi sposo, directed by Costella himself and, in the following year, Matrimonio a Parigi, written with Gianluca Bomprezzi and directed by Claudio Risi. During the same period, he worked with Carlo and Enrico Vanzina, prominent writers of Italian comedy. The year 2015 marks Falcone’s directorial debut with the award-winning Se Dio vuole (God Willing, IFF 2016) followed by Questione di Karma in 2017. In recent years, Edoardo Falcone, has participated in many screenwriting projects while continuing as a director. His latest directorial project, Il principe di Roma, is a film based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Assitente di produzione

Albert and Susan Colianni Family
Astrid Garino and Massimo Costalonga


Catherine Allan
Nancy Azzam
Bill and Sandra Gengler
Jeff Lotz
Andrea and Vittorio Raimondi

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Brian Balleria and Joan Bechtold
Ann Burns
Denise and Giacomo D'Aurora
Elizabeth Fletcher
Stefano Perugini
Joe Pingatore
Nassim and Federico Rossi
Penelope Scialla
David Yarusso

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