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An expertly directed social realist drama that powerfully encapsulates the toll that the economic downturn is taking on Italy through the story of a woman, Eli, as her day-to-day life becomes a microcosm of the issues of the country at large.

Eli (Isabella Ragonese, La nostra vita Opening Night LIFF10) is a kind, effervescent and loving mother to her children and is deeply in love with her husband. He is out of work, but she manages to find a job in a cafe, except it’s two hours away from her home and the hours are long. Without another option, she embraces the opportunity, dutifully getting up before dawn, and excelling at her work, a fast favourite of all the customers in the café and quickly becoming its most valuable asset. Meanwhile, as Eli leaves home each day at dawn, she crosses paths with Vale (Eva Grieco), her best friend, whose life is completely opposite: single and a dancer, she has chosen to follow her passion for dance, and even though she’s underpaid, performing in clubs where few really appreciate her art.

Daniele Vicari’s simple, sensitively observed study is deeply and profoundly affecting; anchored by Isabella Ragonese’s beautiful central performance.

Daniele Vicari
Isabella Ragonese, Francesco Montanari, Eva Grieco, Francesco Acquaroli
Italian with English Subtitles | 2016 | 113 mins | Drama
15+ (exemption)
A film that speaks deeply of today.
Daniele Vicari
Director: Daniele Vicari

He began his career as a film critic before shooting his first feature Maximum Speed in 2002, which won the David di Donatello Award for Best New Director. In 2006 he won the Best Documentary David di Donatello award for My Country and he is best known for his highly-awarded drama Diaz – Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012). He is also the artistic director of the Gian Maria Volonté Film School of Art.

Best Supporting Actor (Francesco Acquaroli), BIFEST – Bari International Film Festival 2017
Best Actress (Isabella Ragonese), Best Sound, Best Score, Nastro d’Argento Awards 2017

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