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Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2007 | Australia
Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2007 | Australia
THE NIGHT BEFORE EXAMS
THE NIGHT BEFORE EXAMS
NOTTE PRIMA DEGLI ESAMI
Director: Fausto Brizzi
Cast: Nicolas Vaporidis, Cristiana Capotondi, Giorgio Faletti, Andrea De Rosa, Sarah Maestri, Riccardo Minggio, Valeria Fabrizi
Runtime: 108 mins

It's a colourful summer in the '80s, Luca (Nicolas Vaporidis) and his friends prepare for the dreaded maturità (high school graduation) exams, with all the troubles, emotions, mishaps and delights that typically afflict teenagers at this stressful time. At a party, Luca falls in love with an extroverted yet mysterious girl, Claudia (Cristiana Capotondi). He only knows her name and has no clue about her family... Meanwhile, Luca is desperately trying to get back in favour with his literature teacher (Giorgio Faletti), who will be the teacher sitting in on his oral exams...

First-time director Fausto Brizzi worked from his original screenplay to pay a heart-felt homage to the '80s with this ensemble comedy that involves several generations simultaneously: today's youth, but also those who were young in the '80s and in the '60s. The bright young cast gives the fast-moving screenplay sparkle, and the film soared to the top of the charts immediately upon its release, becoming one of the biggest blockbusters ever at the Italian box office.

THE NIGHT BEFORE FINALS, which takes its title from a famous song by Antonello Venditti, is a delight for youthful audiences, and is also a tremendously entertaining trip down memory lane for thirty and forty-somethings, who will remember the bizarre TV shows of the time, and favourite tunes from Queen and Duran Duran!

Winner - David di Donatello Award for Best New Director