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Festival in Media
Section: Forum of European Cinema
Country: Italy /France
Year: 2016


La pazza gioia

118 min, color

Director Paolo Virzì Screenplay Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Virzì Cinematography Vladan Radovic Editing Cecilia Zanuso Music Carlo Virzì Cast Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti, Tommaso Ragno, Bob Messini, Sergio Albelli, Anna Galiena, Maria Borini, Marco Messeri, Bobo Rondelli, Maria Grazia Bon, Mimma Pirré

Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a psychiatric clinic. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse - the world of sane people.

Lotus Productions
Manny Films
Rai Cinema
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Paolo Virzì


Paolo Virzì was born in Livorno, Italy in 1964. He left Livorno for Rome, where he studied screenwriting at the historic Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia film school. Paolo co-wrote with Furio Scarpelli the screenplay for Giuliano Montaldo’s Tempo di uccidere, based on the novel by Ennio Flaiano and starring Nicolas Cage. Between the late 1980s and early 1990s, he also co-wrote the screenplays of Turnè (On Tour) (1990) directed by Gabriele Salvatores, Condominio (1991) directed by Felice Farina and Centro Storico (1982) directed by Roberto Giannarelli. He also worked with the famous Neapolitan writer Raffaele La Capria on a TV movie directed by Alberto Negrin and adapted from the novel Una questione privata (A Private Affair) by Beppe Fenoglio, starring young British actor and star of Room with a View, Rupert Graves.



2016 Like Crazy

2013 Human Capital

2012 Every Blessed Day

2010 The First Beautiful Thing

2009 L'uomo che aveva picchiato la testa (Video documentary)

2008 Tutta la vita davanti

2006 N (Io e Napoleone)

2004 Giovani talenti italiani (Video) (segment "Professionismo")

2003 Caterina in the Big City

2002 My Name Is Tanino

2001 La strana coppia. Incontro con Age e Scarpelli (Documentary)

1999 Provino d'ammissione (Short)

1999 Baci e abbracci

1997 Hardboiled Egg

1996 Intolerance (segment "Roma Ovest 143")

1996 Ferie d'agosto

1994 La bella vita