Il pesce innamorato

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Il pesce innamorato
-Love of the Fishes-
Directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni
Produced by Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Written by Leonardo Pieraccioni
Giovanni Veronesi
Starring Leonardo Pieraccioni
Paolo Hendel
Yamila Diaz
Philippe Leroy
Patrizia Loreti
Music by Claudio Guidetti
Cinematography Leonardo Pieraccioni
Distributed by Cecchi Gori Group
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Il pesce innamorato ("Love of the Fishes" or "The Fish in Love") is an Italian comedy film released in 1999, directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni, who also stars alongside Yamila Diaz-Rahi. Leonardo stars as Arturo, a writer of children's books and Yamila stars as Matilde, the woman he falls in love with. The film is based upon Pieraccioni's experiences after talking to Lo Stronzo ("the turd"), an old retired fisherman.


In Florence, the young carpenter Arturo dreams of becoming a great writer. In fact he has the talent to be able to write fantasy stories for children, and so he is snubbed by Italian critics. However Arturo does not give up, and sends the proofs to a famous Florentine editor. Meanwhile, the family of Arturo is broke because his uncle is gone bankrupt with an useless shop. But fame for Arturo arrives early, because the publisher remains excited about the fantastic stories, and so the book is published with the title: "The fish in love". Arturo starts to know celebrity and wealth, but soon gets bored, because he feels himself suffocated by the fame. Indeed Arturo falls in love with beautiful Matilda, promised in marriage to a pompous man of Bergamo. With her, Arturo flees into a house in the woods, and plans a new life, just like in the fairy tales.

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