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If Only

Prolific Italian producer Ginevra Elkann (Land, 2018) makes her directorial debut with this gentle and honest study of a broken family, which boasts superb performances from its diverse ensemble cast; including Alba Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro, LIFF18), Riccardo Scamarcio (Loro, LIFF18) and France’s Céline Sallette.

It’s the 1980s, and Alma’s parents have been divorced for 5 years. She and her brothers live a sheltered childhood in Paris with their bourgeois Russian-Orthodox mother, until one day they are suddenly packed off and sent to stay with their unconventional and broke Italian father, Carlo (Scamarcio). As the children are forced to adapt to Carlo’s different values, they grapple with a newfound liberation that with it, brings profound experiences.

Sentimental and heartwarming, this coming-of-age story takes the audience on a journey into the mind of the young Alma and delves into the confusion children often face when attempting to make sense of the adult world.

Australian Premiere
Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Riccardo Scamarcio, Céline Sallette
Drama | Italy | 2019 | 104 min
Italian and French with English Subtitles
“Warm, vibrant and ultimately observed”
Official Selection Bvlgari Critics' Choice Award 2019




Elkann’s first directorial effort was the short film Vado a Messa which screened in 2005 at the 62nd Venice Film Festival, and since then she has been heavily involved in film production, including working on recent titles such as Berlinale Panorama entry Land by Babak Jalali, Chlorine by Lamberto Sanfelice, and White Shadow by Noaz Deshe. 

Da non perdere perché arriva direttamente dal Festival di Locarno, dove è stato proiettato come film di apertura del Festival solo poche settimane fa.
Locarno Film Festival 2019 (Opening Film)