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A Magnificent Haunting
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DIRECTOR Ferzan Ozpetek
CAST Elio Germano, Margherita Buy, Vittoria Puccini, Beppe Fiorello
Pietro, a lonely aspiring actor working as a baker, is delighted with his surprisingly cheap flat in Rome. Then he finds he is sharing his home with eight ghosts, elegantly dressed in ‘40s evening wear, who don’t seem to realise they are dead. He finds out more about their past, and they help him with auditions and his love life. An entertaining and endearing tale with a genuinely moving finale.
(2012 Italy 102 minutes Subtitled)
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28-year old Pietro has just moved to Rome with a new job. When he finds a beautiful apartment at a low rent because it is badly in need of repair, he thinks he’s struck lucky. However, objects start mysteriously moving about and strange noises are heard in seemingly empty rooms. Soon he realises he’s sharing with seven and a half other flatmates who have been in residence a very, very long time. Has he a ghost of a chance of evicting them or can man and spirit make a harmonious home?
This unexpectedly charming Italian ghost story finds an aspiring actor sharing an apartment with a theatrical troupe who disappeared in 1943, and who are still searching for news of their missing leading lady. Co-writer and director Ferzan Ozpetek, who made the equally poignant and touching Loose Cannons, spins a sprightly yarn from a tragicomic tale laced with engaging character vignettes and deft tonal shifts. There’s real pleasure to be had watching the worlds of the living and the dead intermingle, and Ozpetek handles the supernatural elements with ease, balancing the magic and the mundane to rewarding effect. Mark Kermode, The Observer
UK RELEASE 25 October 2013
RUNNING TIME 102 minutes
LANGUAGE Italian (Subtitled)