Seen at the L.A. Italian film festival under the title The Prize.
In this picturesque, involving Italian dramedy, Giovanni Passamonte (played by grizzled Gigi Proietti) has just won the Nobel literature prize. In order to pick up his medal and give his anticipated speech, he enlists his eldest son (played by director/actor Alessandro Gassman), his intellectual daughter, and long-time personal assistant to accompany him in a road trip from Italy to Stockholm. Passamonte is afraid of flying, something I can definitely relate to personally. The trip is spectacularly scenic, going through the Alps and various countries en route. But the meat of the story are the amusing adventures of the traveling party as they stop and cavort in various venues. The script is filled with surprising minor characters doing interesting things with their lives. This is an entertaining, fun film about intelligent, talented, unconventional characters. Nice job all around.