A man receives news from his aging mother in a little town that someone he once knew has passed away. A beautiful story unfolds about the man’s childhood friendship with an old man who was the projectionist at a local theater. Their bond was one that contained many highlights and tragedies, and shaped the way for a young boy to grow and move out of his rundown village to pursue a dream.
A famous film director returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years. He reminisces about his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love for films. He is also reminded of his lost teenage love, Elena, who he had to leave before he left for Rome.
Cinema Paradiso is a wonderful film, completely faultless. All the awards that it won - Cannes Grand Jury Prize, foreign language Oscar, five Baftas, and countless others - were richly deserved. Any that it didn’t win must have been a fix.
Special mention must be made for Salvatore Cascio, who plays the boyhood Salvatore. His performance is an absolute treasure to watch. His love for cinema is infectious, his nascent friendship with Alfredo is uplifting. He’s sweet, he’s funny, he’s just plain lovely.
Cinema Paradiso is directed and writter by Giuseppe Tornatore and casts Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi and Jacques Perrin.
The movie will be screened on the 14th March at 1830 hrs at Sarathi Studios. Please contact Prakash Reddy of Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841, 93910-20243 for further details.