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New Italian Cinema
The First Day of My Life
Australian Premiere

The First Day of My Life

Il primo giorno della mia vita

Featuring an all-star cast, The First Day of My Life is an absorbing film about love and the meaning of life from the director of 2016 smash hit Perfect Strangers, Paolo Genovese and adapted from his 2018 novel of the same name. 

Four people (played by Margherita Buy, Valerio Mastandrea, Sara Serraiocco and Gabriele Cristini) from different walks of life are united by one thing – they have lost hope of being happy. 

In the exact moment they are hitting rock bottom, these four people meet a mysterious man (Toni Servillo) who offers them a deal: a gift of one week of time to discover how the world would be without them and to give themselves a second chance. 

Across nocturnal Rome, each of them will go on an intimate journey through their lives. When everything around them seems to be collapsing, will they find the strength to start over, find new meaning in their lives and fall in love with life again?

Excellent performances.
2023 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama | Italy
Cast: Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastandrea, Margherita Buy, Sara Serraiocco, Gabriele Cristini
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Paolo Genovese


Born in Rome in 1966, Paolo Genovese is a director and screenwriter. After an award-winning TV advertising career, he entered filmmaking in 2001. Making his feature debut with The Santa Claus Gang in 2010, he went on to direct the multi award-winning Perfect Strangers (IFF16) and from last year’s Festival, Superheroes (IFF22).

Munich Film Festival 2023
Best Original Story, Supporting Actress, Sound, Nastri D’Argento Awards 2023
Best Film, Shanghai International Film Festival 2023