The day before Christmas: a group of friends can be found, as tradition, rich in the house of one of them, for a game of poker. Each of the four men, including a mysterious lawyer, has problems in families, and trying to scrape together a Christmas game in a considerable sum in order to live better. But fate has a special plan for each day players.
Regalo di Natale, internationally released as Christmas Present, is a 1986 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Pupi Avati. It entered the 43° Venice Film Festival, in which Carlo Delle Piane won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. For his performance in this film Diego Abatantuono won a Nastro d’Argento for Best supporting Actor. The film has a sequel, Christmas Rematch.
Regalo di Natale (1986)
Directed by: Pupi Avati
Starring: Carlo Delle Piane, Diego Abatantuono, Patrizia Camiscioni, Gianni Cavina, George Eastman, Alessandro Haber, Rossella Como, Roberta Mencarani
Screenplay by: Pupi Avati, Giovanni Bruzzi
Production Design by: Giuseppe Pirrotta
Cinematography by: Pasquale Rachini
Film Editing by: Amedeo Salfa
Costume Design by: Raffaele Curi, Maria Teresa Venturini
Music by: Riz Ortolani
Distributed by: SACIS Film
Release Date: October 4, 1986