Italian Lunch and Film: The Great Beauty (Lunch provided by Osteria)

Italian Lunch and Film: The Great BeautyThe Great Beauty film poster


Location: Santa Fe Council on International Relations

413 Grant Avenue, Suite D

Cost: $20 includes lunch (provided by Osteria) and film: The Great Beauty

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – please reserve by Monday, March 23 at noon.  

The deadline to reserve for this event is past.  If you are still interested in attending, please call the CIR office:  982-4931.


Discussion to follow the movie, facilitated by CIR Board Member, Rob Reider.

The Great Beauty (ItalianLa grande bellezza) is a 2013 Italian film co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino.  Filming took place in Rome starting on 9 August 2012. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme d’Or.  It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and at the 2013 Reykjavik European Film Festival.

The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category.

The film opens with a quote from Celine’s Journey to the End of the Night: “To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.”  The main character is an aging socialite, Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. After his 65th birthday party, he walks through the ruins and city streets, encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment.


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Space is limited, a confirmed reservation will be required to attend.  Please reserve by Monday, March 23.

Lunch provided by Osteria D’Assisi.