The comedy A Brighter Tomorrow, which was shown in the competition series at Cannes this year and was a hot summer hit in Italy, is director Nanni Moretti's strong tribute to Federico Fellini. Moretti plays the main role in his familiar style and this time he is Giovanni - an aged film director who is tense about the modern day's vultures, whose new film is currently being filmed. The upcoming film is supposed to tell about a Hungarian circus troupe that arrives in Rome in 1956. At the same time, Soviet tanks are rolling through the streets of Budapest, suppressing the uprising. However, the production is in chaos and the director's wife (Margherita Buy), who works as a producer, is planning a divorce. Amidst the witty dialogue overflowing with cinematic throws and the craziness that unfolds in sitcom-like scenes, there is also time to pull off an excellent song and dance number.