Life is Beautiful

In this section, visitArezzo wants to make a heartfelt thanks to the great actor, director and screenwriter Roberto Benigni for the emotions he has given us and for choosing our Arezzo as the setting for what can be defined as a masterpiece of Italian cinema . Thanks also, from our point of view, for having made Arezzo known all over the world , making it even more beautiful than it already is. We therefore propose the itinerary of "La vita è bella" that will accompany you to discover the places of Arezzo, seen for many for the first time on the big screen.

Legenda della Mappa
  • 1: La Cattedrale
  • 2: Il Palazzo della Provincia
  • 3: I palazzi di Piazza Grande
  • 4: Le Logge Vasari
  • 5: Il Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici
  • 6: Piazza Grande
  • 7: La cartolibreria Orefice
  • 8: Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla
  • 9: Via Garibaldi
  • 10: Scuole Elementari Gamurrini
  • 11: Basilica di S. Francesco
  • 12: Caffè dei Costanti
  • 13: Teatro Petrarca
Benigni Ringrazia Arezzo
Movie plot
Guido, a young Jew, goes to Arezzo with his friend Ferruccio looking for a job. He is hired as a waiter by Uncle Elisha, manager of the Grand Hotel, and falls in love with Dora , a promising teacher who marries the fascist Rodolfo. With the joy and tenacity of his character, he manages to make the teacher fall in love with him, and to marry her . Six years later, probably denounced by her mother-in-law who has never frowned upon him, Guido is deported to a concentration camp with his uncle Elisha and his little son, little Giosuè , while Dora, although not Jewish, decides to follow them on his own initiative .
It is the beginning of the tragic adventure. Guido with skill, to protect his son from the terrible situation, masks the entire drama of imprisonment pretending that it is all a game with points and wins the physical distance from his wife, trying to stay close, as can. A man, truly willing to do anything, even to the personal sacrifice, in order to defend what is most dear. Until the conclusive test, which in Joshua's imagination takes on the connotations of a long game of hide and seek, before the assignment of the final prize.
  • Academy Awards (1999)
  • Oscar 1999: 7 nominations, 3 prizes won
  • WINNER: Best Leading Actor - Roberto Benigni
  • WINNER: Best soundtrack for a dramatic film - Nicola Piovani
  • WINNER: Best foreign film
  • Nomination: Best Film - Gianluigi Braschi and Elda Ferri
  • Nomination: Best Director - Roberto Benigni
  • Nomination: Best original screenplay - Vincenzo Cerami eRoberto Benigni
  • Nomination: Best editing - Simona Paggi

  • Cannes Film Festival (1998)
  • Cannes 1998: 1 prize won
  • WINNER: Grand Prix - Roberto Benigni

  • David di Donatello
  • David 1998: 13 nominations, 9 prizes won
  • WINNER: Best film - Elda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi and Roberto Benigni
  • WINNER: Best Director - Roberto Benigni
  • WINNER: Best Leading Actor - Roberto Benigni
  • WINNER: Best Screenplay - Roberto Benigni and Vincenzo Cerami
  • WINNER: Best producer - Gianluigi Braschi and Elda Ferri
  • WINNER: Best Director of Photography - Tonino Delli Colli
  • WINNER: Best Production Designer - Danilo Donati
  • WINNER: Best Costume Designer - Danilo Donati
  • · WINNER: David school - Roberto Benigni
  • Nomination: Best Supporting Actor - Sergio Bini Bustric
  • Nomination: Best musician - Nicola Piovani
  • Nomination: Best editor - Simona Paggi
  • Nomination: Best sound engineer - Tullio Morganti

  • Nastri d'Argento of SNGCI (1998)
  • Ribbons 1998: 5 prizes won
  • WINNER: Best Leading Actor - Roberto Benigni
  • WINNER: Best Supporting Actor - Just Durano
  • WINNER: Best Film Director - Roberto Benigni
  • WINNER: Best Screenplay - Vincenzo Cerami and Roberto Benigni
  • WINNER: Best original subject - Vincenzo Cerami and Roberto Benigni
  • European Film Awards (1998)
  • EFA 1998: 1 prize won
  • WINNER: European Film 1998 - Gianluigi Braschi and Elda Ferri

  • SAG Awards (1999)
  • SAG 1999: 2 nominations, 1 prize won
  • WINNER: Best Leading Actor - Roberto Benigni
  • Nomination: Best performance of the entire cast - Roberto Benigni, Justin Durano, Sergio Bini Bustric, Nicoletta Braschi, Giuliana Lojodice, Giorgio Cantarini, Horst Buchholz and Marisa Paredes
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