SUN, NOV 29, 4:45p:
“Best of Cannes”
(Grand Prix Winner!)
Miami Premiere Engagement!
Directed by ALICE ROHRWACHER/Italy/2014/110mins.
With Alba Rohrwacher, Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyk, Monica Belluci
Gelsomina’s family works according to some special rules. First of all, Gelsomina, at twelve years of age, is head of the family and her three younger sisters must obey her. Gelsomina’s father, Wolfgang, is a foreigner and Gelsomina is the future queen of this strange and improbable kingdom he has constructed for them. A male heir would have been better, of course, but Gelsomina is strong and determined and what’s more, she has a special talent for beekeeping and making honey. It’s Gelsomina that retrieves the swarms from the trees, who organizes the honey collection, and she is the one that carries the hives.
The Wonders (Le meraviglie) tells a small but cruel love story between a father and daughter, their torments, jealousy and shyness. They give abundantly, and betray each other painfully. It tells of the ties that bind one family together, and a land undergoing a profound transformation. It is also the story of a great failure, through which they all gather strength. (In Italian with English subtiles).
WINNER: Grand Prix Cannes Film Festival 2014
International Cinephile Society Awards
Best Film Not released in 2014, Prix du Jury
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
Special Mention Maria Alexandra Lungu
Italian Online Movie Awards Best Picture
Munich Film Festival Best Film by an Emerging Director
Sevilla International Film Festival Best Film, Jury Prize
“IT HELD ME BREATHLESS!”-The Globe and Mail
"INEFFABLY LOVELY... The softly vibrant colors suggest an earlier era and an organic earthiness that helps the film truly live up to its title."-Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment
"THE WONDERS CAPTURES MY HEART."-Chris Knight, National Post
"WISE BEYOND ITS YEARS, The Wonders is a wistful but no-tears swan song recounting the disappearance of traditional rural lifestyle in Italy”-Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"A CHARMINGLY NATURALISTIC SLICE OF LIFE. Thoroughly enjoyable."-Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"The Wonders proves that Alice Rohrwacher's spikily original feature debut, Corpo Celeste, was no flash in the pan."-Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
"A gripping coming-of-age drama set amidst the bees and beauty of the Tuscan countryside one hot summer."-John Bleasdale, CineVue