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Uncle Nino, Starring Joe Mantegna Opens Nationwide Friday

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 10, 2005 Uncle Nino, starring Joan of Arcadia's Joe Mantegna and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Anne Archer opens Frinday. In December 2004, Uncle Nino broke the record for the longest test- marketing screening of a film in motion picture history after packing in audiences in Grand Rapids, Michigan for over an entire year.

A work of deep sentiment that avoids sentimentality, Uncle Nino is a film about the all-too-often lost art of living. A fable-like storygrounded in realism, Uncle Nino is a feel-good, Capra-esque tale, whose magical lead character teaches others how to slow down and enjoy life's simple pleasures: good food and drink, music, and most important, La Famiglia!

A December 28th cover story in USA Today declared "Uncle Nino... is finally getting its due!" Time Magazine has written about thefilm and now Uncle Nino is finally opening nationwide.

Uncle Nino star Joe Mantegna was honored by the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) in 2002 and served as the Master of Ceremonies at its 2003 national gala in Washington, DC. Plans are underway to have Mr. Mantegna participate in the SIF's gala this year on May 26 in Washington.

Uncle Nino opens this Friday, February 11th in:

Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles/Orange County, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Salt Lake City and Tampa/St. Petersburg

On Friday, February 25th in:

Albany, Buffalo, Cincinatti, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, San Francisco and St. Louis

Go to the website and click on "theaters" to see where it's playing near you. Visit again and again in coming days and weeks for updates:

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