Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

BELLES AT THE BAR
(Belle Al Bar)

Year: 1994
Country: Italy
Run Time: 93 minutes

BELLES AT THE BAR

Leo's reassignment comes at a very good time. He is suffering from a mid-life crisis, and his marriage has become ridden with conflict. So when work takes him out of town, he's glad to have a change of physical and emotional scenery for a few weeks. One day when Leo faints in the street (he has a habit of fainting), he is rescued by a beautiful woman who takes him to her home. There she reveals a familiarity with episodes from his past - for she was once Leo's cousin Giulio, and is now his cousin Giulia. In the days that follow, a whole new world opens up for Leo, a world populated by transvestites, transsexuals, and all sorts of queer characters with whom his cousin is acquainted. Giulia's cheerful disposition and passion for life lift Leo out of his depsair, but, of course, his wife is planning to visit...with BELLES AT THE BAR, Benvenuti revives the Italian comdey in grand style.

Screenplay
Uo Chiti, Nicola Zavagli, Alessandro Benvenuti

Director
Alessandro Benvenuti

Producer
Giorgio Leopardi

Cinematography
Blasco Giurato

Editing
Carla Simoncelli

Principal Cast
Alessandro Benvenuti, Asumpta Serna, Eva Robins, Andrea Brambilla

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