“The Best Offer” with Giuseppe Tornatore director of “Cinema Paradiso””

The villa you are seeing here is “Villa Mainardis ” which was featured in the film “The Best Offer” which Giuseppe Tornatore screened for the first time at the beginning of the year in Italy. Giuseppe Tornatore was famous for “the Star Maker”and Malena” and of course the unmissable “Cinema Paradiso” one of  those films you never forget.

” La Migliore Offerta” or “The Best Offer” features Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland and Jim Sturgess, in the tale of an eccentric art expert who is invited by a mysterious woman to assess a piece of art. His visit to her home will change his life forever.

The film is screened in several places in Italy and in Vienna and Prague. The music score is composed by Ennio Morricone.

Geoffrey Rush in The Best Offer

‘Filmed in the international hotel style’ … Geoffrey Rush in The Best Offer. Photograph: Stefano Schirato

I grew up passing by this villa every single day as it was just minutes away from my own town. I was curious to see how the villa was screened, which in real life is situated in the remote countryside in the small town of Gorizzo in Friuli Venezia Giulia; in the film I was amazed to see by the “magic of film” how  it looks like it is in a city centre. In fact when I first saw the house on film and Geoffrey Rush stepping out from the house onto a busy town centre street it was one of those almost surreal unbelievable moments! Until of course you recollect just how clever filmakers can be!

The main buildings date back to 1648- 1649; . The villa belongs to the Mainardi’s family who were the counts of the town of Gorizzo (province of Udine); a very well respected family.

I enjoyed this film, great special effects and photography although I must say that its storyline is quite predictable.  The film has been screened at the film festival in Berlin.

Mainardis Villa in Friuli Venezia Giulia

 Mainardis Villa in Friuli Venezia Giulia

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