April 05 05:12 2019

‘THE GREAT ITALIAN’: A “who’s who” of Italian gastronomy.

Los Angeles, CA – April 5, 2019 – “The father of modern Italian cuisine,” The New York Times on Gualtiero Marchesi, ‘THE GREAT ITALIAN’.

TriCoast Entertainment will bring Maurizio Gigola’s directorial debut of GUALTIERO MARCHESI: THE GREAT ITALIAN – the food doc honouring Gualtiero Marchesi, the forefather of modern Italian Cuisine – to streaming digital platforms this April.

“A portrait, a tribute, a piece of history, the story of a great star of Italian cuisine,” wrote Food N Rock.

Written by Gigola and Donatello Alunni Pierucci (Italia ’90: lavori in corso, Provvisorio quasi d’amore), THE GREAT ITALIAN immerses the audience into the life and career of Gualtiero Marchesi through the lenses of different countries, chefs and ingredients that acted as his inspiration. The Anglo-Italian production follows Marchesi from his humble beginnings in Italy to his travels to France and Japan, revolutionizing Italian cuisine and bringing it to the top of international gastronomy. In 1985, Marchesi became the first Italian professional to obtain three-Michelin stars.

Passionate and driven, Marchesi created several institutions during his life, including becoming the founder and director of the international school of cooking in Alma di Colorno, located in the province of Parma. Marchesi is also credited for world-renowned restaurants – from the birth of the legendary restaurant, in Via Bonvesin de la Riva – to opening four restaurants in Milan in Monte Carlo. Despite Marchesi’s retirement in 2017, his hometown restaurant, Il Marchesino, still remains one of Italy’s best-serving Milanese foods. “The documentary thus translates into a tribute not only verbal but in a work that does not just remain on the surface but goes further, offering a very broad look at the work of an innovator who contributed to the excellence of the new Italian cuisine,” wrote My Movies.

Gigola’s film is enriched with its original soundtrack, beautifully and emotionally composed by cellist, Giovanni Sollima. Alongside, THE GREAT ITALIAN boasts interviews the world’s most sensational and prestigious chefs, including one of the founders of Modern French Cuisine, Paul Bocuse. As a three-star Michelin Chef, Bocuse is best known for France’s Restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges. Additional insights are provided by members of the Troisgros family, the founders of the Nouvelle Cuisine Three-star Michelin chefs, and three-star Michelin Chef, Massimo Bottura. Bottura is world-renowned for his Restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which received “S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards” and “World’s Best Restaurant” in 2018.

Inspired by past words from Italian film director, Ermanno Olmi, that cooking is the only art that blends with all forms of sciences, Marchesi gained worldwide success for his presentation of food as an art form and the simplicity of it. “Just like a great 70s-80s-90s rock star, Maestro Marchesi has changed the history of cooking in the beautiful country and has done so mainly through the knowledge and attention to the raw material and how to treat it, without ever forgetting shape; always loyal to essentiality and simplification,” wrote Food N Rock.

Signed by Food and Media in collaboration with the Gualtiero Marchesi Foundation, and with support from of Cantine Ferrari, Illy, Parmigiano Reggiano and San Pellegrino, THE GREAT ITALIAN was originally released in Italy during March 2018. The honorary food doc debuted with a special short screening at the Cannes International Film Festival to commemorate and celebrate the career of Italy’s most famous chef, who sadly passed a few months prior. Acquired by TriCoast Entertainment at the Cannes International Film Festival, THE GREAT ITALIAN had its first leg of worldwide sales at the American Film Market (AFM) in November 2018.

Watch the trailer for THE GREAT ITALIAN here:

TriCoast Entertainment will exclusively release GUALTIERO MARCHESI: THE GREAT ITALIANonto various digital streaming platforms beginning April 16th (Amazon, DirecTV, Fandango, Vimeo on Demand and more). For more information and press inquiries, please contact [email protected].


GUALTIERO MARCHESI: THE GREAT ITALIAN (2018, 80 min.) Directed by: Maurizio Gigola. Written by: Maurizio Gigola and Donatello Alunni Pierucci. Produced by: Maurizio Gigola, Anna Elettra Pizzi De Gaetano and Mauro Baffico. Edited by: Eva Contis. Original Music: Giovanni Sollima. Cinematography: Ariel Salati. Italy, UK. Italian, English subtitles. Food and Media, TriCoast Entertainment.

Produced by: Food and Media.

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