Cineforum – June 23rd • The Last Prosecco

Finchè c’é Prosecco c’é Speranza

The Last Prosecco


Director Antonio Padovan’s murder mystery might look like a more drawn out version of an hour-long tv mystery, but The Last Prosecco incorporates a strong environmental message and an inside story of the competitive Prosecco business in the Veneto region.

The dashing, opinionated Count Ancillotto (Rade Serbedzija), as unstinting in his criticism of a nearby pollution-producing factory as he is proud of his family’s heritage of making the finest Prosecco, kills himself with the flair and style that have marked his life. The motives for the suicide are mysterious and the mystery deepens when a couple of the Count’s best-known enemies are gunned down. Police inspector Stucky (Giuseppe Battiston), a socially awkward outsider of half-Persian descent, is assigned to this baffling case in which the main suspect is a dead man. The trail leads Stucky to a sharpshooting Venetian prostitute, a crazed gravedigger, and an exclusive Prosecco brotherhood, but the real revelation for the policeman is the late Count’s credo of savoring the finer things in life and fighting to preserve them.

More humorous than violent, The Last Prosecco meanders through its mystery with lots of sweeping views of the Veneto region. The plot serves as more of a guide for the audience to experience the beautiful vistas of the Veneto. As far as it is an environmental film, Padovan lets the land and the people who live there speak for themselves, and it delivers its message with a soft and often humorous touch.

The film was released at the end of October 2017, and presented at the Rome Film Festival where it captivated audiences through the expression of the magic and charm of this unique region of Italy.

After the viewing there will be a light reception and a discussion of the film.

NOTE: The film is in Italian with ENGLISH subtitles.

View the trailer online:

Saturday, June 23, 2018 •  4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Sentieri Italiani • 5430 North Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

Call  773.275.5325  or  Email

$10 with member discount • $15 general admission
Cash or check in hand by June 20, 2018
Or $20 at the door, last-minute seating, cash only


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