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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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DIRECTOR: Alice Rohrwacher - ITALY

After a decade in Switzerland, 13-year-old Marta moves back to her family’s impoverished hometown in Calabria in southern Italy. Although Marta was born there, the local customs seem strange to her, a feeling of dislocation and confusion that only increases after she enrolls in her local church’s confirmation class. Rohrwacher’s sensitive and perceptive debut feature ironically pits a young girl’s crisis of faith and adolescence against a community struggling for survival and the ancient traditions of the Catholic Church facing waning influence. “In Italy nowadays, there’s a feeling that people don’t ask themselves questions, and the idea of community is not there anymore. The Church doesn’t think about faith. Its main concern is to organize people’s lives.”—Alice Rohrwacher. “The big payoffs arrive in a couple of small, understated moments of grace. Thanks to restrained build-up and direction, they certainly feel well-earned.”—Variety (100 mins.)

First Feature.

Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco.


Interests: New Directors.

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