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if life gives you lemons

A boy torn between his bond with his troubled mother and his desire to break free and be his own person is the subject of this intimately effective drama which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.

Antonio is seventeen years old and has a dream: to be a footballer in a great team. His mother Miriam is a kind but scarred from her failed relationship with his father. Antonio loves her more than any other person in the world, but her instability is starting to harm his opportunities. Together they run a small lemon orchard in a southern village, but there are huge changes looming in Antonio’s life that may compromise his ability to keep being his mother’s rock.

Lead by the young and charismatic Giampiero De Concilio, who plays his part with painful authenticity, this moving coming-of-age drama marks him as an actor to watch.  

Australian Premiere
Director: Ciro D'Emilio
Cast: Anna Foglietta, Giampiero De Concilio, Massimo De Matteo
Drama | Italy | 2018 | 88 min
Italian with English Subtitles
Official Selection Bvlgari Critics' Choice Award 2019


Ciro D'Emilio

Ciro D'Emilio

Born in Pompeii, D’Emilio moved to Rome to study cinema at RomaTre University. In 2007 he wrote, produced and directed his first short film, The Other, winning many national and international awards, such as the Best European Short Award at the West Hollywood Int'l Film Festival 2008. If Life Gives You Lemons is his feature debut, premiering at Venice Film Festival in 2018 to critical acclaim.

Da non perdere perché è la storia delicata e dolente di un giovane uomo che cerca di raggiungere il successo pur di fronte a enormi difficoltà.
Silver Ribbon Best Actress and Guglielmo Biraghi Award, Nastri d’Argento Awards, 2019
Best Actress, David di Donatello Awards 2019
Best Film, Venice Horizons Award, Venice International Film Festival, 2018