Original title: La Pazza Gioia
Directed by: Paolo Virzi
Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti

Status: Completed

Category: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Year: 2016


Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery.  They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic.

Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse -  the world of sane people.

Technical information

  • Script: Francesca Archibugi and Paolo Virzi
  • Production companies: Lotus Films, Manny Films
  • Director of Photography: Vladan Radovic
  • Editor: Zanuso Cecilia
  • Original language: Italian
  • Running time: 116 minutes
  • Screenratio: 2.35
  • Sound: 5.1
  • Festivals: 
    Cannes 2016 - Directors' Fortnight