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The Legend of the Holy Drinker

La Leggenda del Santo Bevitore

Directed by Ermanno Olmi
France, Italy, 1988


A tramp, haunted by a criminal past, is offered 200 francs by a stranger with one request, that when he can afford it, he return the sum to a chapel. The derelict rejoins a world he no longer knew, finding work, sleeping in beds or dining out with women. But he gets distracted from his obligation.

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The Legend of the Holy Drinker Directed by Ermanno Olmi

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1988 | 2 wins including: Golden Lion

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1989 | 2 wins including: Best Director

David di Donatello Awards

1989 | 4 wins including: Best Film

1989 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Seattle International Film Festival

1989 | Winner: Best Actor

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