In a small mountain village lives a man with the famous name of Giuseppe Garibaldi, known by everybody as Peppino. He is an optimist who loves fishing, hanging around with friends and his temporary job at the local library. One day, due to a political error, something amazing happens: Peppino is mistakenly elected President of the Italian Republic. Pulled out from his quiet life, he has to play a role for which he is obviously inappropriate, but his common sense and his instinctive gestures are incredibly effective, except for what concerns the protocol, for which he gets in trouble. The inflexible and fascinating Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Janis Clementi, tries anxiously to prevent the unpredictable actions of the President. Peppino's joyful madness, his humanity and his disarming honesty hit the institutions by surprise - especially in this time of crisis - winning over the disheartened country. However, conspiracies, diplomatic incidents and seedy political machinations loom on the horizon.

Directors Statement

BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE! is a tale that embodies my desire to create a comedy that tries to be popular, but not populist, and that leads away from the big wave of anti-politics. I love my country and Peppino, the protagonist of this film, does too. Once he arrives by chance at the apex of the establishment, he doesn't mix up his civic consciousness with lust for power. He has a firm belief that "in order to accomplish any job, you have to know how to do it".

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Riccardo Milani

Written by: Fabio Bonifacci

Produced by: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima

Cinematography: Saverio Guarna

Editing: Giogiò Franchini

Production Design: Paola Comencini

Costume Design: Alberto Moretti

Original Score: Andrea Guerra

Sound: Adriano Di Lorenzo

Main Cast: Giuseppe Fiorello, Remo Girone, Massimo Popolizio, Cesare Bocci, Gianni Cavina, Piera degli Esposti, Claudio Bisio, Kasia Smutniak

Nominations and Awards

  • European Comedy 2013