Director Gianni Di Gregorio has created another sparkling comic ode to the ladies in his life--but this time he plays middle-aged retiree Gianni, who has become invisible to all the women of Rome, regardless of age or relation.
New York (August 23, 2012) -- The latest comedy masterpiece from director/actor Gianni Di Gregorio, The Salt of Life is one of the top-grossing and most acclaimed foreign titles of the year. Theatrically released in more than 100 U.S. markets, this warm and witty film is his crowd-pleasing follow-up to Zeitgeist's 2010 arthouse smash Mid-August Lunch.
With The Salt of Life, Di Gregorio has created another sparkling comic ode to the ladies in his life--but this time he plays middle-aged retiree Gianni, who has become invisible to all the women of Rome, regardless of age or relation.
In his day-to-day existence, Gianni must contend with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother (again played by Lunch's great nonagenarian Valeria de Franciscis Bendoni); a wife who is more patronizing friend than romantic partner; an ambivalent, slacker daughter (played by Di Gregorio's real-life daughter); and a wild party-girl neighbor who uses him...as a dog walker. Watching his codger friends snare beautiful younger women on the sun-kissed cobblestones of Trastevere, Gianni tries his polite, utterly gracious best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life--with both hilarious and poignant results.
Zeitgeist's DVD edition of The Salt of Life streets September 18, 2012; day and date with iTunes and Netflix Instant. For sale in the U.S. only with an SRP of $29.99.
Zeitgeist's DVD Edition of The Salt of Life features a High-Definition master, enhanced for widescreen viewing. DVD extras include 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage; an interview with Gianni Di Gregorio; and the U.S. theatrical trailer.
2012 * 90 minutes * Italy * Color * In Italian with optional English subtitles * 16:9 aspect ratio * Stereo * Not Rated * Cat no. Z1145 * UPC 795975114530 * DVD SRP $29.99
Celebrating almost 25 years as one of America's preeminent independent distributors, New York-based Zeitgeist Films has built an impressively diverse catalogue of foreign, documentary and arthouse titles by such renowned directors as Todd Haynes, the Quay Brothers, Olivier Assayas, Abbas Kiarostami, Guy Maddin, Atom Egoyan, Agne•s Varda, Margarethe von Trotta, Franc•ois Ozon, Derek Jarman, Jia Zhangke, Peter Greenaway, Yvonne Rainer, Philippe Garrel, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Carlos Saura, Kirby Dick and Jan Svankmajer. Recent and upcoming releases: Let My People Go!, a raucous French comedy starring Almodovar leading lady Carmen Maura co-scripted by Christophe Honore•; China Heavyweight, the new documentary from Yung Chang, acclaimed director of Up the Yangtze; Elena, the thrilling new film noir from Cannes-winning Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return); The Salt of Life, Gianni Di Gregorio•s hilarious follow-up to his 2010 crowd-pleaser Mid-August Lunch; Bill Cunningham New York, the hit documentary on eponymous legendary NY Times fashion photog. In August 2010, Zeitgeist became the exclusive home media distributor of KimStim, an eclectic Brooklyn-based arthouse label with a library of 50+ films from groundbreaking directors including Alain Resnais, Raul Ruiz, Andre• Techine•, Chantal Akerman, Bela Tarr, Christophe Honore•, Hong Sang-Soo, Franc•ois Ozon, Laurent Cantet, Seijun Suzuki, Jafar Panahi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Otar Iosseliani.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR The Salt of Life "CRITIC'S PICK. The movie's sensuous appreciation of ripeness and abundance extends to food, clothing and foliage; the lushness of a city in bloom virtually bursts from the screen." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times "FULL OF LAUGHS! The pixie-dust ending will leave you smiling...and likely singing an unexpected tune."--Paul D'Agostino, The L Magazine"RUEFUL, FUNNY AND WISE.... A warm yet melancholy film of quiet yet inescapable charm, it has a feeling for character and personality that couldn't be more delicious." --Kenneth Turan, The LA Times"LIKE A RICH HOME-COOKED MEAL! Charming.... Both a triumph over and cautionary illustration of the aging uomo." --Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian"A RAMBLING ROCOCO PLEASURE!" --Craig D. Lindsey, Nashville Scene"FUNNY, POIGNANT, LIFE-ENHANCING, AND MUCH CHEAPER THAN A TICKET TO ITALY! Di Gregorio, like Nanni Moretti or Woody Allen, Di Gregorio mines his own long-suffering face and character for comedy, and he has such a sympathetic presence and charm." --Screen International"A GENTLY OBSERVED AND WELL-ACTED TALE." --New York Magazine "IMBUED WITH GENTLE HUMOR and a kind of bittersweet resignation."--Stephen Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer"FULL OF LOW-KEY BUT TELLING OBSERVATIONS, mostly about Gianni•s plight but also about modern life in general." --Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle"A WINNING TALENT! It's two fine comedies in a row for Di Gregorio, previously touted for Mid-August Lunch....The Salt of Life deftly sprinkles wacky humor in with the melancholy." --Gerald Peary, The Boston Phoenix "HILARIOUS! DON•T MISS THIS MOVIE!" --Italians in Film"CHARMING! Picture a combo of [Woody] Allen, Jacques Tati, and Marcello Mastroianni at his most self- deprecating. Di Gregorio is definitely onto something here." --Kelly Vance, East Bay Express"EASYGOING AND NATURALISTIC! Di Gregorio conjures a Rome that•s homey and literally warm." --Mark Jenkins, NPR.org"DI GREGORIO KEEPS THE ACTION AND THE JOKES LISSOME AND FLUID.... As actor, director and writer, he approaches the idea of ever-present longing with the suppleness of a dancer." --Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline"GIANNI DI GREGORIO PROVES THAT THE DELICATE TOUCH AND COMIC UNDERSTATEMENT of his acclaimed directorial debut, Mid-August Lunch, were anything but beginner's luck." --The Hollywood Reporter