The Salt of Life

Director Gianni Di Gregorio has a rather unusual biography. He began as a writer, and his first credit didn’t arrive until he was 37. Then he became an actor … at 49. He directed his first film, Mid-August Lunch … at 59. At the age of 62, Di Gregorio has made a follow-up, The Salt of Life, which shares some links with Mid-August Lunch. For instance, Di Gregorio plays a guy named Gianni in both films, and there is pronounced mother-son friction, mostly played for comedy. The Salt of Life is a film about getting older and knowing it. It’s about being ignored by younger people and finding ways to fit in once the world has said it has passed you by; it’s the sort of film you can only make when you hit 60. Like Mid-August Lunch, The Salt of Life is observant and worth seeking out, if only for something a little different.



  • Gianni Di Gregorio


  • Gianni Di Gregorio
  • Valeria Franciscis
  • Alfonso Santagata
  • Elisabetta Piccolomini
  • Valeria Cavalli
  • Aylin Prandi
  • Kristina Cepraga
  • Michelangelo Ciminale
  • Teresa Di Gregorio
  • Lilia Silvi
  • Gabriella Sborgi


  • Angelo Barbagallo
  • Gaetano Daniele

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