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AS NEEDED

by Francesco Falaschi

synopsis

Arturo, a 40-year old chef with a troubled past, is assigned to serve community services as a cooking teacher at the San Donato Institute for a group of guys with Asperger’s syndrome. Guido, 20-year old with a great talent and a lot of passion for cooking, is one of the pupils. In the meantime, Arturo is trying to convince his teacher Celso to open a restaurant together, but in vain. Just as Arturo was nearing end of his sentence and planning to move in the north to manage a restaurant owned by the shady fixer Corradi, he is invited by Anna, the institute’s psychologist, to accompany Guido as a mentor to a cooking talent show in Tuscany. Arturo hates talent shows but reluctantly accepts. Furthermore, Arturo finds out that the the president of the show’s jury is his ex-business partner Daniel Marinari, now became a celebrity chef, who Arturo considers responsible for his past troubles. Arturo e Guido will forcibly have to spend time together for several days, both during the various tests and in the time between them. Bit by bit, though, their conflictual relationship will turn into a friendship that will make both of them question their prejudices and that will lead Arturo toward new personal and professional choices. And it will be the right at the end of the show, during the final competition, that the true winners and losers will be decided.

international title: As Needed
original title: Quanto basta
working title: Palato Assoluto
country: Italy, Brazil
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Francesco Falaschi
film run: 92'
release date: IT 5/04/2018, NO 18/01/2019
screenplay: Francesco Falaschi, Filippo Bologna, Ugo Chiti, Federico Sperindei
cast: Vinicio Marchioni, Valeria Solarino, Luigi Fedele, Nicola Siri, Mirko Frezza, Benedetta Porcaroli, Gianfranco Gallo, Alessandro Haber, Lucia Batassa, Giuseppe Laudisa
cinematography by: Stefano Falivene
film editing: Patrizio Marone
music: Paolo Vivaldi
producer: Guglielmo Marchetti
co-producer: Fabiano Gullane
executive producer: Andrea Borella, Daniele Mazzocca
production: Notorius Pictures Italia, Verdeoro, Gullane (BR)
backing: MiBACT, Regione Toscana, Regione Lazio, Fondazione CSC, Ibermedia
distributor: Notorious Pictures, Manymore Films AS
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