<em>The Man Who Bought The Moon</em>

The Man Who Bought The Moon

L’uomo che Comprò La Luna / The Man Who Bought The Moon

Italian Film Festival 2021
  • Fri 18 Jun 2021
  • 3:30—5:15PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Rating: M
  • General $17.00
  • Concession $12.00 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Booking essential
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

A Sardinian fisherman has promised the moon to the woman he loves. And Sardinian men always keep their promises.

Italian comedy is not commonly known for its deadpan and absurdist humour; it seems that
The Man who Bought the Moon owes much of its style to Sardinian wit rather than Italian. Director Paolo Zucca extracts as much charm and mirth from the cultural chasm between mainland Italians and Sardinians as he can.


The wonderfully silly and poetic set-up reminds me of magic realism. When the Italian Secret Service receives word that an unknown Sardinian man has made a claim to the moon, authorities worldwide get worried. A mainland special agent must be despatched across the
Tyrrhenian Sea to investigate. But first, he must learn to go undercover as a Sardinian, no mean feat for a mainland Italian. His Sardinian instructor Badore (Benito Urgu) puts in a
virtuoso performance of deadpan comedy. (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

Once in Sardinia, the film really finds its straps in both visual style and characterisation, ending with a surprising and enchanting finale.
- Paolo Rotondo

2018 | IT/AL/AR | 103 mins | Dir. Paolo ucca | Italian & Sardinian dialect with English subtitles

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