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Let Yourself Go!
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Winner of the 2017 Italian Golden Globe for Best Comedy, the hilarious new screwball comedy from director Francesco Amato (LIFF13 favourite Cosimo and Nicole) stars the phenomenal Toni Servillo as an uptight psychoanalyst whose life is upended when he becomes involved with an effervescent personal trainer, well-versed in matters of the body, but less of the mind.

With a beard and glasses à la Sigmund Freud, Servillo is Dr. Elia Venezia, a psychoanalyst who is separated from his wife, but still lives in the same apartment block as her. Venezia lives a comfortable and rather self-centred existence, until a spell of illness forces him to the doctor. Instructed to lose some weight, he befriends a vivacious Spanish personal trainer, Claudia (the stunning Verónica Echegui), a single mother with an unhinged criminal ex-boyfriend. As Claudia drags Elia around Rome, a series of mishaps ensue, breathing new energy into his tired and predictable life.

Servillo, so well-known for his dramatic work with Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), clearly delights in a change of pace with this light-hearted caper. Audiences in need of a laugh should definitely LET YOURSELF GO!

Francesco Amato
Toni Servillo, Verónica Echegui, Luca Marinelli, Carla Signoris
Italian with English subtitles | 2017 | 98 mins | Comedy
Great performances in this Italian screwball comedy.
Francesco Amato
Director: Francesco Amato

Francesco Amato is an award-winning director and screenwriter who straddles the worlds of comedy, documentary and short filmmaking. His first feature What the Hell am I Doing Here? was nominated for Best New Director and Best First Feature at the David di Donatello Awards and Golden Globe Awards respectively. His 2012 hit Cosimo and Nicole screened in 20 countries.

Best Comedy, Golden Globes Italy 2017
Best Supporting Actress (Carla Signoris), Nastri d’Argento Awards 2017
Best Comedy, Best Actor (Toni Servillo), Nastri d’Argento Awards 2017
Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Golden Ciak Awards 2017

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