Valerio Mastandrea, Bérénice Bejo, Guido Caprino, Nicolò Cabras, Dario Dal Pero, Barbara Ronchi, Emmanuelle Devos

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Turin, 1969. Nine-year-old Massimo’s idyllic childhood is shattered by the mysterious death of his mother. The young boy refuses to accept this brutal loss, even if the priest says she is now in Heaven. Years later in the 90s, adult Massimo has become an accomplished journalist. After reporting on the war in Sarajevo, he begins to suffer from panic attacks. As he prepares to sell his parents’ apartment, Massimo is forced to relive his traumatic past. Compassionate doctor Elisa could help tormented Massimo open up and confront his childhood wounds…

The director


Educated in Catholic schools, Marco Bellocchio had a strict Catholic upbringing. He began studying philosophy in Milan but then, in 1959, decided to attend film school and entered Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. After attending the cinema courses of the Slade School of Fine Arts in London, in 1965 he made his first appearance at the Venice Film Festival with Fists in the Pocket, a film that deals with the crumbling away of the values family is based upon. In the following years he devoted himself to militant cinema, expressing his non-conformism in such films as China is Near (1967) and Nel nome del padre (1971). Other films were less successful, such as Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (1972) on the world of journalism, and Matti da slegare (1975), about Italian mental institutions. After Victory March (1976), on the subject of military service, Bellocchio turned to some TV productions such as Chekhov’s The Seagull (1977) and the collective investigative report La macchina cinema (1978). In 1982 he directed The Eyes, the Mouth, followed by Henry IV in 1984 and Devil in the Flesh in 1986, a personal interpretation of Raymond Radyguet’s novel of the same title. After The Conviction (1991), in 1994 he won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival with The Butterfly's Dream. In 1999 he directed The Nanny, winning a David di Donatello and four Ciak d'Oro awards. In 2003, he wrote and directed the film Good Morning, Night, presented at the 60th Venice Film Festival, where Bellocchio was awarded a prize for his screenplay, for an outstanding artistic contribution. He then directed The Wedding Director (2005), starring Sergio Castellitto and Donatella Finocchiaro, and Sorelle (2006), presented at the 1st Rome Film Festival. His latest films are Vincere (2009), Sorelle mai (2011), Dormant Beauty (2012), Blood of My Blood (2015).

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