New Release: Mid-August Lunch DVD

Fresh off its summer theatrical release, where it grossed $650,000 at the U.S. box office, the Italian family drama Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto) arrived on DVD on Oct. 5, 2010, from independent film supplier Zeitgeist Video for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Gianni Di Gregorio (co-writer of the Italian crime epic Gomorrah) stars in his directorial debut, a tale of great food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships during a very Roman holiday.

Broke and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-age Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager’s mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italy’s biggest summer holiday and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven. Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow…. Can Gianni keep four such lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters?

The winner of Best First Film and Best Italian Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2008, Mid-August Lunch on DVD has the following special features:

  • video interview with director/star Gianni Di Gregorio
  • “Visit With the Cast”
  • eight-page booklet featuring recipes from the film.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.