Mid-August Lunch

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Mid-August Lunch
Mid-August Lunch poster.jpg
Theatrical movie poster
Directed byGianni Di Gregorio
Produced byMatteo Garrone
Written byGianni Di Gregorio
Simone Riccardini
StarringGianni Di Gregorio
Valeria De Franciscis
Marina Cacciotti
Maria Cali
Nazan Kırılmış
Edited byMarco Spoletini
Distributed byZeitgeist Films
Release date
  • 2 September 2008 (2008-09-02) (Venice Film Festival)

Mid-August Lunch (originally released as Pranzo di ferragosto) is a 2008 Italian comedy-drama and the directorial debut of Italian actor and screenwriter Gianni Di Gregorio. It was produced by Italian writer-director Matteo Garrone whose 2008 film Gomorrah was co-written by Di Gregorio. It currently is being distributed in the US by Zeitgeist Films.[1]


Gianni (Gianni Di Gregorio), a broken man with mounting condo debts, is forced to entertain his 93-year-old mother and three other feisty women during Italy’s biggest summer holiday, Ferragosto. The other women include the mothers of his landlord and doctor, who will forgive his debts in exchange for his service.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won the Grand Prix Award and the Audience Award at the International Film Festival Bratislava,[2] and also won the FIPRESCI Award. It was awarded the "Luigi De Laurentiis" Award for a First Feature Film at the 65th Venice Film Festival in 2008. Additionally, it won awards at several other film festivals including the David Di Donatello Awards, the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival, and the Golden Snail award at the Academy of Food and Film in Bologna.


  • Gianni Di Gregorio
  • Valeria De Franciscis
  • Maria Cali
  • Grazia Cesarini Sforza
  • Marina Cacciotti
  • Alfonso Santagata


  1. ^ "Mid August Lunch". Zeitgeist Films. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ "2008 Award Winners". International Film Festival Bratislava. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010.

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