A Summer in Genoa (2008)

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  • IMDb page: A Summer in Genoa (2008)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 2,987 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 23 October 2008 (Greece)
  • Runtime: Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Camogli, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
  • Director: Michael Winterbottom
  • Stars: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine and Willa Holland
  • Original Music By: Melissa Parmenter   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Summer | Italy | Ghost | Guilt | Icy Road

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Laurence Coriat  screenplay
  • Michael Winterbottom  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Factual errors: On their way from the airport, when they pass in the car in front of a fresco of Saint George fighting against the dragon, Ms. Keener says that Saint George is the Saint Patron of Genova. Now, it's true that Saint George has a strong link to the history of the city: the banner bears the cross of Saint George, in the middle ages the Bank which funded expeditions overseas (by the way it's the building that shows the fresco seen in the movie) was named after Saint George etc. but the Patron of Genova, since XIII century, is John the Baptist and he came to be after Genoese crusaders (First crusade) brought back from Holy Land his ashes, which are still kept in the Cathedral.

    Plot: A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality. Full summary » |  »

    Story: How do children respond to tragedy? On an icy road near Chicago, Marianne dies in a crash, leaving Joe and their daughters, Kelly, about 16, and Mary, about 9. That summer, a friend from Joe's graduate student days, 20 years before, arranges a teaching job for him in Genoa. When they arrive in June, Joe starts teaching and the girls have the summer before school starts: Kelly quickly falls in with youths her age; their club and beach life leads to sexual awakening. Mary, burdened by guilt for her mother's death, is solitary. The girls take piano lessons, Mary draws, and she also sees and talks to her mother. Joe asks them, "Are you okay?", but is that enough?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

    {tab=FullCast & Crew}

    Produced By:

    • Wendy Brazington known as co-producer
    • Andrew Eaton known as producer
    • Simon Fawcett known as executive producer
    • Phillip Koch known as local line producer: USA (as Phil Koch)
    • Eiffel Mattsson known as local line producer: Sweden
    • Melissa Parmenter known as line producer
    • Tessa Ross known as executive producer
    • Michael Winterbottom known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Colin Firth known as Joe
    • Perla Haney-Jardine known as Mary
    • Willa Holland known as Kelly
    • Catherine Keener known as Barbara
    • Hope Davis known as Marianne
    • Margherita Romeo known as Rosa
    • Alessandro Giuggioli known as Lorenzo
    • Dante Ciari known as Fabio
    • Gherardo Crucitti known as Mauro
    • Monica Bennati known as Monica
    • Angelica Moretti known as Angelica
    • Carlo Moretti known as Carlo
    • Sara Stewart known as Susanna
    • James Laurenson known as Marianne's Father
    • Gary Wilmes known as Danny
    • Gaby Santinelli known as Danny's Wife (as Gabriella Santinelli)
    • Kerry Shale known as Stephen
    • Sune Frontani known as Eva
    • Demetri Goritsas known as Demetri
    • Ellen Sheean known as Elderly Aunt
    • Trevor White known as Mike
    • Kyle Griffin known as Scott
    • Olivia Cumming known as Dee
    • Riccardo Cauda known as Elderly Landlord
    • Laura Iadeluca known as Headmistress
    • Livio Basou known as University Student 1 (as Livio Basoli)
    • Barbara Sforzini known as University Student 2
    • Kieran O'Brien known as Reading Sonnet (voice)
    • Stefano Barabino known as Alessandro
    • Giulio Enante known as Policeman
    • Bradley Cumming known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Drew Cumming known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Brie Eagan known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Zachary Griffin known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Amanda Griffin known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Lauren Peterson known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Hannah Peterson known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Kyle Peterson known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Morgan Peterson known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Abree Peterson known as Kelly & Mary's Cousin
    • Matteo Repetto known as Matteo
    • Andrea Acquarone known as Lorenzo's Friend
    • Manuela Parodi known as Lorenzo's Friend
    • Mattia Mor known as Lorenzo's Friend
    • Federico Cigarini known as Fabio's Friend
    • Carmelo Mineo known as Fabio's Friend
    • Lucio Dellagiacoma known as Fabio's Friend

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Fiona Leech known as makeup designer

    Art Department:

    • Clem Blakemore known as art department assistant: UK
    • Michelle Day known as art department daily: Genova
    • Emma Field known as art director: UK (as Emma Field-Raynor)
    • Teresa Rocco known as assistant art director: Genova
    • Hannah Thornton known as art department assistant: UK


    Production Companies:

    • Revolution Films
    • Aramid Entertainment Fund
    • Film4 (funding)
    • Moviola Film och Television AB (Sweden)

    Other Companies:

    • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance services (as AON/Albert G. Ruben)
    • ARRI Media  camera and lighting equipment
    • Adcom  camera and lighting equipment
    • Adriano Pecci Cinesicurta  insurance services
    • Angel Recording Studios  score recorded and mixed at
    • Central Station Technicolour  titles and captions design (as Central Station)
    • Clarity Post Production Sound  sound post-production (as Clarity Post Production)
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Film Police  production services: Chicago
    • Freeway CAM B.V.  revenues collection and distribuition
    • Lee & Thompson  legal services
    • Michael Simkins  legal services: Film4
    • Moviola  production services: Sweden
    • Pepper  digital intermediate post-production
    • Pepper  sound post-production
    • Riviera Films  service company: Italy
    • Sapex Scripts  post-production script
    • Shipleys  auditors


    • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Cathay-Keris Films (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Diaphana Films (2009) (France) (theatrical)
    • Metrodome Distribution (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Monopole-Pathé (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
    • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
    • Wanda Visión S.A. (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
    • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
    • David Distribucion (2009) (Mexico) (all media)
    • E1 Entertainment
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Ledafilms (2009) (Mexico) (TV)
    • Metrodome Video Ltd. (2009) (UK) (DVD)
    • Metrodome Video Ltd. (2010) (UK) (DVD) (IN2FILM)
    • Officine UBU (2009) (Italy) (all media)
    • Palace Films (2009) (Australia) (all media)
    • Russian Report (2008) (Russia) (all media)
    • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2009) (Finland) (DVD)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

    • Jorge Ferreira known as visual effects
    • Marc Knapton known as visual effects
    • Gus Martinez known as visual effects

    Release Date:

    • Canada 7 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Spain 21 September 2008 (San Sebastián Film Festival)
    • France 3 October 2008 (Dinard Festvial du Film)
    • Greece 10 October 2008 (Panorama of European Cinema)
    • Poland 17 October 2008 (Warsaw International FilmFest)
    • UK 22 October 2008 (London Film Festival)
    • Greece 23 October 2008
    • USA 7 November 2008 (American Film Market)
    • Estonia 29 November 2008 (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival)
    • Czech Republic 11 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Hong Kong 25 March 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
    • Ireland 27 March 2009
    • UK 27 March 2009
    • Russia 2 April 2009 (limited)
    • France 15 April 2009
    • Estonia 1 May 2009
    • Spain 8 May 2009
    • Portugal 11 June 2009
    • Germany 12 June 2009 (Emden Film Festival)
    • Poland 12 June 2009
    • Netherlands 9 July 2009
    • Finland 15 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Belgium 16 September 2009
    • Australia 21 September 2009 (Sydney Lavazza Italian Film Festival)
    • Mexico 3 October 2009 (Morelia Film Festival)
    • Kuwait 15 October 2009
    • Italy 16 October 2009
    • Australia 5 November 2009
    • South Korea 12 November 2009
    • Hungary 30 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Mexico 11 June 2010
    • Argentina 30 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Germany March 2011 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 12 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
    • Singapore 21 July 2011

    MPAA: Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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