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Duccio Chiarini's Hit the Road, Nonna

September 14, 2011

A documentary on the pret-a-porter pioneer Delia Ubaldi

  • Text by Flavia Ferrucci



Presented at the Venice Film Festival and warmly received by the critics, "Hit the Road, Nonna" is a documentary on Italian pret-a-porter pioneer Delia Ubaldi directed by her grandson, Duccio Chiarini. Throughout her life Delia Ubaldi has gone from being the daughter of destitute Italian immigrants in France to one of the most successful businesswomen in the European fashion world.

Starting from her poor childhood through to her return to Italy - where Delia realised that the housewife life wasn't for her and launched herself into the fashion world, the film follows the subsequent rise of her career, drawing an intimate portrait of the controversial figure as a stubborn, passionate and problematic woman, divided between her public and private life, ambition and maternal duties.

Part road movie, part domestic saga, the documentary blends together private memories and some of the most iconic moments of her life, like the scene in "American Gigolo" that sees Richard Gere shopping in her Rodeo Drive boutique. On September 15, the film arrives for an exclusive preview in Rome, within the Venezia a Roma film series, a unique occasion to see the films that were presented at the Festival only a few days ago with director Duccio Chiarini hosting the screening.

Hit the Road, Nonna screens on September 15 at Venezia a Roma @

Cinema Farnese
Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 56

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