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Selected to screen in the Panorama Section of the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival, Dafne is a poignant and feel-good portrait of a delicate family struck by a tragedy.

Dafne (an exuberant Carolina Raspanti) is a witty 35-year-old woman with Down syndrome. Despite being fiercely independent, she still lives with her ageing parents. When the sudden death of her mother shatters the family balance, Dafne’s father Luigi falls into a depressive state, and it is left up to Dafne to construct a new life path. When she proposes that she and Luigi undertake an adventure across the country, this sparks a series of events that give Dafne a new and exhilarating self-confidence and provide the ointment needed for her and Luigi’s wounds to heal.

This gentle and heart-warming second feature from director Federico Bondi bravely confronts societal prejudices with a beautifully harmonious combination of drama and comedy.

Australian Premiere
Director: Federico Bondi
Cast: Carolina Raspanti, Antonion Piovanelli, Stephania Casini
Drama | Italy | 2019 | 94 min
Italian with English Subtitles
“For a film set in motion by death, Dafne bursts with life.”
Official Selection Bvlgari Critics' Choice Award 2019


Federico Bondi

Federico Bondi

Federico Bondi, originally from Florence, is a director and writer, known primarily for his documentaries. In 2008, he directed his first fiction feature film, Mar Nero. The film screened in competition at the Locarno Film Festival, where it won several awards and was nominated for a David di Donatello award. 

Da non perdere perché la giuria FIPRESCI a Berlino lo ha definito un ritratto toccante e profondamente umano.
FIPRESCI Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2019
Panorama Section, Berlin International Film Festival, 2019