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The Legend of the Holy Drinker

La Leggenda del Santo Bevitore

Directed by Ermanno Olmi
France, Italy, 1988
  • English
  • English


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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In May we lost one of the great Italian directors of all time, Ermanno Olmi. Best known for cinematic miracles such as Il Posto and The Tree of Wooden Clogs, we pay tribute to his humanist gaze with this deeply affecting moral parable, whose images boast an overwhelming spiritual resonance.

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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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