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Q&A with Director Maria Sole Tognazzi

Maria Sole Tognazzi

Can a nitpicky hotel inspector ever find fulfillment? That’s the question of Viaggio Sola (I Travel Alone), the new film by Italian director Maria Sole Tognazzi. The film, which just picked up several nominations for Italy's Donatello Awards (the country's equivalent of the Oscars) will be showing at Lincoln Center as part of Open Road: New Italian Cinema, which runs from June 6-12.

Here, she offers T+L a sneak preview.

What’s the plot?
“A Leading Hotels of the World inspector (played by Margherita Buy) arrives incognito at glamorous resorts: the Puli Hotel & Spa ($$$), in Shanghai; Switzerland’s Gstaad Palace ($$$$); the Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa ($$$), in Italy.”

What did you learn about that profession?
“They work like characters on CSI: hunting for dirt with white gloves, testing the temperature of room-service coffee, ensuring that the time is synced on TV and radio. Only at the end of the journey can they reveal their true identity.”

Do you have any travel essentials?
“My Rolex, set to the time in Rome. It’s been with me since I was fifteen.”

Actor you like to work with?
“Gigicane, my terrier. He appears in all of my films. Like Hitchcock!”

Where do you spend vacations?
“My middle name means 'sun' in Italian. I spend summers in a little beach town outside Rome called Villaggio Tognazzi. It was named for my father Ugo.”

What's your favorite hangout there?
“For me, it's a restaurant named Mediterranea.”

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

Photo by Danilo Scarpati

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