Director: Marco Bellocchio
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Valerio Mastandrea, Fabrizio Gifuni
134 min | Italian with English Subtitles (2016)
The course of celebrated Italian author and journalist Massimo Gramellini’s entire life changes on the day his mother dies. Sheltered by his well-meaning but distant father, the 9-year old is left to deal with the void as best as he can. Partly in denial and partly kept in the dark, Massimo grows up in a rapidly changing Italy. Though his professional star is fast
rising, he remains stuck emotionally until the day he is asked to reply to the letter of a newspaper reader in distress.
Based on Gramellini’s autobiography, this cinematic gem opened the Directors Fortnight at Cannes 2016 and won the International Cinephile Society’s Award for best film not released in 2017.