My Name Is Tanino

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My Name is Tanino
Directed by Paolo Virzì
Produced by Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Giovanni Lovatelli
Written by Francesco Bruni
Francesco Piccolo
Paolo Virzì
Starring Corrado Fortuna
Rachel McAdams
Music by Carlo Virzì
Cinematography Arnaldo Catinari
Edited by Jacopo Quadri
Cecchi Gori Group
Whizbang Films Inc.
Distributed by Medusa Film
Release dates
5 July 2002 (2002-07-05) (Venice Film Festival)
Running time
124 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian, English
Box office €1,044,026 (Italy)

My Name is Tanino is a 2002 comedy film directed by Paolo Virzì. The picaresque plot is about Tanino, an Italian liberal arts student who falls in love with a young American tourist he met in Sicily and decides to track her down in the United States.


Gaetano Mendollia, said Tanino, is a boy born in Castelluzzo del Golfo (really Castellammare del Golfo small town in the province of Trapani), a seaside resort in Sicily. But he is also a student of cinematography in Rome, with the ambition to become a director. He knows Sally, an American girl with whom he had a brief history. At the end of the holiday, Sally must return to Seaport, a town of fantasy of Rhode Island, but forgets her camera and Tanino, with the pretext to give it back, but also to avoid military service, part a few days later for the United States, at night and without warning anyone.

From that moment will live an endless series of adventures before with the Italian-American family Li Cause, fun but also a bit 'shady, after, escaped from them, will bring chaos in the Sally "perfect" family WASP . Finally, after the FBI leaks and train rides (on the roof), will arrive to New York. Here he will meet his idol director always Seymour Chinawsky (rival by name and style of Charles Bukowski ), now reduced to poverty, who dies soon after having promised to do a film with him. Tanino always comes out the winner by the situation because of its ingenuity. Has traveled a long journey, but also close, within themselves searching for their own identity and their future.



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