Bread and Tulips

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Bread and Tulips
Bread and Tulips poster
Directed by Silvio Soldini
Produced by Daniele Maggioni
Written by Doriana Leondeff
Silvio Soldini
Starring Licia Maglietta
Bruno Ganz
Giuseppe Battiston
Antonio Catania
Marina Massironi
Music by Giovanni Venosta
Cinematography Luca Bigazzi
Edited by Carlotta Cristiani
Release dates
3 March 2000 (Italy)
27 July 2001 (New York City)
Running time
114 Min
Country Italy
Language Italian
Box office $8,478,434 (INT) [1]

Bread and Tulips or Pane e tulipani is a 2000 romance comedy film directed by Italian Director Silvio Soldini, and starring Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz. The film was an official selection at numerous film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.[2]


An Italian housewife of Abruzzo, Rosalba Barletta (Maglietta), finds herself stranded during a family vacation. Instead of waiting for her controlling businessman husband, she hitchhikes her way home, only to impulsively detour to Venice. She finds accommodations with a restaurant maître d', Fernando Girasole (Ganz), and soon finds herself enjoying her new life. Meanwhile, her husband has sent a bumbling plumber, Costantino (Battiston), as a private detective to find her. After meeting and falling in love with Grazia, Rosalba's neighbor across the hall, Costantino calls Rosalba's husband and quits, claiming that he is unable to find her. However, her sister appears and convinces Rosalba to return to her home in Pescara. Fernando follows her and persuades her to return to Venice with him.



Box office[edit]

The film was released on July 27, 2001 and grossed $32,933 in the opening weekend. It went on to gross $5,318,679 in the American market and $3,159,755 from the overseas market for a worldwide total of $8,478,434.[1]


  • 5 Nastro d'Argento: Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
  • 9 David di Donatello: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best sound, Best supporting actor (Giuseppe Battiston) and Best supporting actress (Marina Massironi ).


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