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Hummingbirds and Orchids Martin Johnson Heade
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Hummingbirds and Orchids (47.36) — Martin Johnson Heade


Friday, April 06, 2012 – Sunday, April 15, 2012

(Italy/2011–directed by Gianni Di Gregorio)
In his warm and witty follow-up to the 2010 sleeper hit Mid-August Lunch, writer-director-actor Gianni Di Gregorio has created another sparkling comic ode to the ladies in his life – but this time he plays a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. In The Salt of Life, he contends with a aristocratic, spendthrift mother (again played by Lunch’s great nonagenarian Valeria de Franciscis); a wife who is more patronizing friend than romantic partner; a daughter (played by Di Gregorio’s daughter Teresa) with a slacker boyfriend whom Gianni unwillingly befriends; and a wild young neighbor who sees him merely 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. In Italian with English subtitles. (90 min)

“★★★★! A tremendous achievement. Every bit as charming as Mid-August Lunch.” –Jay Weissberg, Variety
Friday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m.

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