Vincenzo Perugia came home to Italy last night after 100 years with the screening of The Missing Piece: Mona Lisa, Her Thief, The True Story at the Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy. The Sala Mastroianni (named for famous Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni) in the Cinema Lumière was filled with viewers curious to see the story of the Italian workman who took the Mona Lisa from the Louvre and returned her to Italy in 1913.
Graziella and Silvio Peruggia, the grandchildren of Vincenzo were special guests, along with many of the Peruggia family.
|Graziella and Silvio Peruggia|
|Violetta Spadea (our translator for our shoot in 2008), Graziella's son Luca, Graziella's daughter Laura, Laura's husband Flavio|
Also on hand was Mattia Sorbi, the great-grandson of the psychiatrist Dr. Amaldi who examined Perugia after his arrest, Mattia's parents Paolo & Sabina Sorbi appear in the film but were unable to attend the premiere.
Director Joe Medeiros & Mattia Sorbi
Also joining us were the Bologna cousins of our good friend Nando di Stefano, owner of The Good Pizza in LA. Nando appears in the film as one of our key translators.
|(L to R) Silvio's wife, Sara, Laura, Violette. Luca, Matti Sorbi, Graziella, Silvio, Justine and Joe Medeiros, Valerio Peruggia, the Vice Mayor of Dumenza, Peruggia's home town.|
It was very exciting for Justine and I since we've worked for 5 years -- almost non-stop -- to finish the film. To have it shown in Italy, to get such wonderful response from the audience and to have the Peruggia family there to share it with us was literally a dream come true.
|Joe, Justine, Silvio and Graziella with he men who made our premiere possible: Biografilm Artistic Director Andrea Romeo (l) and (r)Assistant Artistic Director Dario Bonazelli.|
|The lovely & charming Justine with Festival volunteer, the lovely & charming Anne Jimkes from The Netherlands|
|Enjoying a pre-screening drink|
|Graziellla photographs the family|