Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian comedy-drama film directed by starring Roberto Benigni, who co-wrote the film with Vincenzo Cerami. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, the owner of an Italian Jewish bookstore, who uses his fertile imagination to protect his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp.
The film was an overwhelming critical and commercial success. It received widespread praise, with critics praising its story, performances, direction, and the marriage of drama and comedy, despite some criticism about using the theme for comic purposes.
The film grossed more than $ 230 million worldwide, including $ 57.6 million in the United States, making it the second-highest-grossing foreign language film in the U.S. (after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and one of the highest grossing non-English language movies of all. weather. The National Board of Review listed it in the top five foreign films of 1998.
The film won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, nine David di Donatello Awards (including Best Film), five Nastro d’Argento Awards in Italy, two European Film Awards, and three Academy Awards, including Best Film. in a Foreign Language and Benigni’s Best Actor, the first in a non-English male performance.