Benvenuti al Nord
|Benvenuti al Nord|
|Directed by||Luca Miniero|
|Produced by||Riccardo Tozzi|
|Written by||Luca Miniero, Fabio Bonifacci (from Dany Boon)|
|Music by||Umberto Scipione|
|Distributed by||Medusa Film|
|Running time||110 min|
|Language||Italian, Neapolitan and Northern dialect, French|
Benvenuti al Nord (English: Welcome to the North) is a 2012 Italian comedy film directed by Luca Miniero.
It is the sequel of the high-grossing film Benvenuti al Sud (which gave fair goes to many people around the world of the beautiful southern Italy). It also obtained a great commercial success, gaining more than 27 million euros during its Italian theatrical release; it had the third best opening in Italian market history.
While Alberto is back in his beloved northern Italy in Milan, his friend Mattia is still in Naples with his friends. He has problems with his wife Maria, because she wants him to take his postal job seriously, now that the two have a son to look after. Then after a dispute, Mattia decides to transfer to northern Italy, in the town of Pordenone. Mattia appears to be willing to leave his little town, but as soon as the transfer comes through, he begins to despair. Many locals offer their opinions; his wise old mother tells him that the people in northern Italy are terribly cold and cruel. Mattia is slightly reassured and in the blink of an eye is in Milan, a whole new world for him as a citizen of the South. Alberto welcomes him very coldly because he is in big trouble. The director of Milan's largest postal company intends to provide Italy with a whole new economic plan from Japan to modify the postal service. Mattia starts working in the post office where Alberto is the deputy director, but he soon realizes how different the local mentality is: people are not like that back home. At home they work with absolute tranquility (even with the risk of losing time to customers). In the north they do not talk more than they should, and they do everything in a hurry, as if time was going to slip away from them. In addition Mattia notices with the passing of time that one part of the people of the North is really as described by his mother. The climate established by the Lega Nord is tremendously racist, ignorant, xenophobic, homophobic and oppressive towards all other citizens of Italy that are outside of the north and to all those foreigners both in the East of the world and that of Africa and the rest of Europe and America.
- Claudio Bisio: Alberto Colombo
- Alessandro Siani: Mattia Volpe
- Angela Finocchiaro: Silvia Colombo/Erminia, her mother
- Valentina Lodovini: Maria Flagello
- Nando Paone: Costabile Piccolo (Little Constable)
- Giacomo Rizzo: Costabile Grande (Big Constable)
- Carlo Giuseppe Gabardini: barist
- Paolo Rossi: Palmisan
- Fulvio Falzarano: Mario
- Egle Santolini (July 20, 2011). "Niente unisce l'Italia come Bisio tornato al Nord". La Stampa. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- Paolo D'agostino (January 18, 2012). "Il Sud ride sempre, pure al Nord ma è il solito luogo comune". La Repubblica. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- Arianna Finos (April 10, 2012). "Incassi magri per i film 3D funzionano solo i cartoon". Corriere Della Sera. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- Karin Ebnet (January 19, 2012). "Benvenuti al Nord, Bisio e Siani conquistano il box office". Best Movie. Retrieved 6 June 2012.