The owner of an Italian restaurant prepares a very late dinner for a very special guest.
A script that has “Film Festival Favorite” engraved in gold on its plate.
Written by talented writer Santi D. Spadaro, Midnight Spaghetti delivers a subtle story of conflicting emotions; a man’s tug-of-war between guilt and pride. Served with a plateful of Spaghetti Bellini – splashed with Barolo 1978.
A one location dramatic gem, Spaghetti takes place in NYC in a secluded Italian restaurant. As the script opens, married owners Ronnie and Jen (60s, 70s) scuttle about their kitchen in a frenzy. Because they’ve got an unexpected guest: famous opera singer Enzo Mirelli.
The couple’s pulling out all the stops: ultra-expensive truffles and vintage wine. But Ronnie’s anxiety seems to have special edge – even beyond their patron’s status and acclaim. Insisting on remaining anonymous, Ronnie gives the meal to Jen to serve and watches the unveiling from afar.
But when a delighted Mr. Mirelli asks to meet the cook, Ronnie’s trapped at a crossroads. Will he continue to hide in the kitchen… or step out and finally meet his past?
At STS, spoilers aren’t on the menu. So head to the table and sample this meal for yourself. For directors in search of a standout dramatic script, the ending to Spaghetti could well be your million dollar moment.
About the writer: Born and raised in Italy, Santi Spadaro now lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he works as a research mathematician. A former poet and co-editor of the Italian literary e-zine Nabanassar, he has been working on his craft as a “movie-poet” since roughly a year, with some help from the amazing group of screenwriters at www.moviepoet.com. Reach Santi at santidspadaro “AT” gmail!
Budget: Low (assuming you can get access to an Italian restaurant).
About the reviewers: Scott & Paula Merrow are a husband and wife screenwriting team. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy,… the whole nine yards. They’re reachable at scott-paula “AT” comcast.net
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