Opening Night

This year, Opening Night will take place at the historic Vogue Theatre on Friday, November 30 at 6:30pm, featuring Francesco Falaschi’s award-winning drama AS NEEDED, a rollicking culinary road trip.

Director Francesco Falaschi in person.

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AS NEEDED (Quanto Basta). Francesco Falaschi’s delightful romp takes us on a culinary road trip to Florence, culminating in a contest for young cooks. Arturo (Vinicio Marchioni) is a veteran chef with minor anger management problems who performs community service at a school for teens with Asperger’s. His students are eager to learn, especially Guido (Luigi Fedele), a young man who remembers every ingredient in every recipe. Reluctantly, Arturo delays his move to Milan when the opportunity arises to accompany Guido to a cooking competition in Tuscany’s capital. Complicating matters is the fact that Guido’s social worker, Anna (Valeria Solarino), is becoming Arturo’s unexpected romantic love interest.

The Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awarded the Graziella Bonacchi Award to Luigi Fedele for his exceptional performance in this film that celebrates neurodiversity.