The summer after high school graduation is a contemplative time, a period when the future seems so frightening and yet so filled with possibility. Gabriele Muccino’s latest film “Summertime” follows Marco (Brando Pacitto) and Maria (Matilda Lutz), two Italian teens uncertain about their future but eager to embark on a road-trip through America. They land in San Francisco where they meet Matt (Taylor Frey) and Paul (Joseph Haro), a gay couple who take them in and show them around the city. Soon, the four become fast friends and embark on enthusiastic explorations of love, life, and themselves, trying to discover and define who they are during a summer they’ll never forget. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
Muccino first role to prominence with his 2001 film “The Last Kiss,” about a couple’s relationship difficulties after an unexpected pregnancy, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. In 2006, Muccino filmed his first Hollywood movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” starring Will Smith and his son Jaden about the real-life story of entrepreneur Chris Gardener and his one-year struggle with homelessness. The film was a major critical and commercial success and netted Smith a Best Actor Oscar nomination. He then went on to direct the drama “Seven Pounds,” the romantic comedy “Playing For Keeps,” and most recently “Fathers and Daughters,” starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
“Summertime” will premiere at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, which runs from August 31st through September 10th.