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the vice of hope

Following his acclaimed neo-gothic fairytale Indivisible (LIFF17), Edoardo De Angelis’ powerful and award-winning new drama portrays a woman desperately striving to escape a life of vice and criminality.

In a town on the far outskirts of Naples, trash-scarred beaches are the haunts of prostitutes, drug traffickers and hustlers. It’s in this drizzly, neon-lit hell we find Maria (Pina Turco, Gomorrah TV Series), a woman haunted by memories from her past. She spends her days inextricably caught up in the child trafficking business, ferrying pregnant women across the river, leading them and their unborn children to their fate. When a twist of fate comes knocking, Maria is delivered a fragile miracle that will force the hand of change in her life.

Set in Caserta, north of Naples, and with dialogue largely in dialect, De Angelis once again creates an incredible sense of place and conveys the most desperate of realities in this this evocative and emotionally charged story of conviction and renewal.

Australian Premiere
Director: Edoardo De Angelis
Cast: Pina Turco, Massimiliano Rossi, Marina Confalone
Drama | Italy | 2018 | 96 min
Italian with English Subtitles
“A portrait of the female condition in the world of the Camorra”
Winner Bvlgari Critics' Choice Award 2019


Edoardo De Angelis

Edoardo De Angelis

Born in Naples, where he still lives, De Angelis first discovered his love of filmmaking at 19 and went on to study at the National Film Centre. In 2011, he made his feature debut with Mozzarella Stories starring Luca Zingaretti, with whom he reunited three years later on the neo-noir drama Perez (LIFF15). He also the director of Venice Film Festival award-winning Indivisible (LIFF17).

Da non perdere perché Edoardo De Angelis ritorna con un altro crudo racconto ambientato in una zona a nord della Campania infestata dalla Camorra e resa famosa da Dogman.
Best supporting Actress David di Donatello Awards 2019
Best supporting Actress, Best Score, GOlden Ciak Awards 2019
Best Original Song, Best Set Design, Best Supporting Actress, Nastri d'Argento Awards, 2019