Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I've thought about the movie a lot in recent weeks, as parents -- understandably nervous and concerned -- have been forced into close quarters with their children by the practice of social distancing. In the movie, Benigni's character, Guido, goes to extraordinary lengths to convince his boy that navigating life under the Nazis is actually all an elaborate game. He uses that device -- which includes intentionally misinterpreting German commands -- to model his son's behavior, telling him that earning enough "points" will win him a tank. The narrator, Guido's grown son, looking back describes his dad's imaginative creation of that ruse as "his gift to me. Roberto Benigni front in 'Life is Beautiful. Keeping kids in the dark seems impossible in today's wired age, but there is something to be said for finding ways to safeguard them during this strange predicament, and blunt the obvious anxiety that their parents are feeling as they read about the dire events and scenarios streaming through social-media feeds.
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Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian bookshop owner, who employs his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. The film was a critical and financial success. In , in the Kingdom of Italy , Guido Orefice is a young Jewish man who arrives to work in the city Arezzo, in Tuscany where his uncle Eliseo operates a restaurant. Guido is comical and sharp, and falls in love with a Gentile girl named Dora. Later, he sees her again in the city where she is a teacher and set to be engaged to a rich, but arrogant, man, a local government official with whom Guido has regular run-ins. Guido sets up many "coincidental" incidents to show his interest in Dora. Finally, Dora sees Guido's affection and promise, and gives in, against her better judgement. They and many other Jews are forced onto a train and taken to a concentration camp. After confronting a guard about her husband and son, and being told there is no mistake, Dora volunteers to get on the train in order to be close to her family.
Nothing would make us happier than to gather with you this September, but given these unprecedented times we can no longer move forward with the Life is Beautiful festival in We will be making a full return in Instead, this moment has given us the opportunity to pause and assess what is truly important.