ITALY

LA SCUOLA PIÙ BELLA DEL MONDO

2014 – 35mm – colore – 90’

 

Direction: Luca Miniero

Screenplay: Luca Miniero, Daniela Gambaro, Massimo Gaudioso

Cinematography: Federico Angelucci

Editing: Giogiò Franchini

Set design: Monica Vittucci

Music: Paolo Buonvino, Santi Pulvirenti

Costumes: Eleonora Rella

Cast: Christian De Sica, Rocco Papaleo, Angela Finocchiaro, Miriam Leone, Lello Arena, Nicola Rignanese, Ubaldo Pantani, Daniela Terreri, Massimo De Lorenzo, Vittorio Edet, Ciro Nacca, Leonardo Esposito, Davide Frasca, Anna Cacace, Francesca Montesarchio

Producers: Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini

Production: Cattleya

 

SYNOPSIS

Filippo Brogi, the stubborn dean of a junior high school in Tuscany, wants to win the “School of the Year” Prize and therefore signs a town-twinning with a group of students from Accra, in Ghana. But not everything goes as planned: deceived by technology, the bungling janitor of the school misreads the name of the city, and Accra becomes Acerra, a town near Naples. The misunderstanding throws everyone into disarray, as Brogi and the young teacher Margherita Rivolta welcome a group of rampant Neapolitan teens, escorted by the bizarre teacher Gerardo Gergale and his colleague Wanda Pacini, with a “Welcome Africa” banner…

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“So, according to the recipe of director Luca Miniero and co-writers Massimo Gaudioso and Daniela Gambaro, to make La scuola più bella del mondo we have to find the most run-down school in Italy, (…) identify an exemplar junior high school in the Tuscan country and create a dean driven by goodwill (De Sica) (…). Add to that the choice of a sceptical Rocco Papaleo and of an actress like Angela Finocchiaro as the two teachers from Campania, and we will have a national and popular comedy that – with talented actors, some good lines and other more obvious – is a funny way to dream of a new unity between Northern and Southern Italy.” (Alessandra Levantesi Kezich, La Stampa)