By THE NATION
“The Chair of Happiness” is a whodunit mystery and rollicking Italian comedy combined. It’s an amalgam of mystery and suspense, romance and emotion, topped up with plenty of laughs.
The movie has an arresting beginning, with a tattoo artist Dino creating a dolphin on a fishmonger’s back, He then encounters his pretty, lively neighbour Bruna, a beauty therapist. He’s smitten, and after that, his life is never the same again. Nor is hers, when she is told (by a lady mafiadon, in a prison) of a chair that contains hidden treasure. She is determined to hunt for it, and he offers his help. The task is not easy, when they learn that there are eight identical chairs.
The rest of the film deals with the couple’s uproarious adventures to retrieve the lost treasure. It takes them to beautiful and bizarre places, from lagoons and hills, to abandoned homes and crowded museums. They also meet a wide range of eccentric characters, and encounter strange animals like boars. The final scene in the gorgeous Alps, is intensely beautiful – and funny.
The story is a surreal drama of fun, fantasy and high spirits. It was the last movie of Director Carlo Mazzacurati, who made 23 films, but died before the release of this movie. The film was premiered at the Torino Festival, won various local awards and also popular among general audience.
The screening is free but reservation is required. The event is supported by Italian Embassy, who will host a reception of Italian beers and pizzas, after the screening. Italian ambassador Lorenzo Galanti will introduce the film.
The film is part of the “Italian Film Festival” in the city (May 1626). For reservations please email or visit www.RiverCityBangkok.com