Program 40: My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Puoi baciare lo sposo)
Directed by Alessandro Genovesi
Antonio is about to get married to his fiance Paulo, the man of his dreams. But first he has to work up the courage to tell his parents that he’s gay. His father doesn’t take the news well, but Mom comes around quickly. She offers her blessing on the upcoming nuptials with three conditions. They must get married in Civita, the picturesque mountaintop village where Antonio’s father is mayor. Then Paolo must get his estranged mother, who disowned him when he came out to her several years earlier, to attend the wedding. Finally, the wedding must be planned by her favorite reality show wedding planner, Enzo Miccio.
As the movie begins, Antonio and Paolo are living in Berlin with their best friend/landlady Benedetta. When Antonio asks Paolo to marry him, Paolo insists on joining Antonio and Benedetta on their trip home for Easter. The trio’s new roommate, wacky cross-dresser Donato Lavopa, forces his way into the trip by attempting to slit his wrists when he isn’t invited. So two becomes four and they head for Civita to spend the holiday with Antonio’s parents. Throw in an eccentric priest who communes with goats and Antonio’s psycho ex-girlfriend, and you’ve got all the elements for sidesplitting comedy.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding is a slapstick, screwball comedy that shows a surprising amount of heart — it opens with one of the more romantic proposal sequences in recent memory and features several moving family moments. Adding to the goofy comedy and romantic undertones is sensational scenery. Partially filmed on location in Civita di Bagnoregio, each shot of this village is more breathtaking than the last. All these elements combine to make My Big Gay Italian Wedding a big gay heartfelt comedy that you won’t want to miss.
— Stephen K. Weisenreder
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- OFFICIAL SELECTION, OPENING NIGHT – OUTshine Miami LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION,CLOSING NIGHT – Out Film CT Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Seattle Int’l Film Festival