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

I LOVE YOU, EUGENIO
(Ti Voglio bene, Eugenio)

 

Year: 2001
Country: Italy
Run Time: 90 minutes

Director and co-writer Francisco J. Fernandez transmutes his own relationship and experiences with his real-life son Eugenio, born with Down's Syndrome, into a tender empowerment drama. The celluloid Eugenio, movingly interpreted by the great international actor Giancarlo Giannini, supports himself financially, enjoys a cozy house in the countryside, and generally lives a rich, independent life despite the daily challenges of his mental disability. Eugenio's radiant aura of contentment lends strength to others, especially at his job. For Eugenio works at a rest home for recovering accident victims, broken in body and spirit, where his kindness and innocence proves therapeutic. Eugenio's attitude is particularly healing and transformative for one languishing patient, a wheelchair bound young woman who is giving up on life. Based on a true story, I LOVE YOU, EUGENIO is a sentimental tale leavened with sensitive insights and compassion, depicting an extraordinary man who inspires us to overcoem the insurmountable adversities of life's twists and turns. (In Italian with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Francisco Jos? Fernandez, Stefano Pomicia

Director
Francisco J. Fernandez

Producer
Giovanni Schettini

Cinematography
Luciano Tovoli

Editing
Francesco Malvestito

Principal Cast
Giancarlo Giannini, Giuliana De Sio, Arnoldo Fo?, Jacques Perrin, Chiara De Bonis, Anna Maria Petrova

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