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Le monde

Synopsis

Gelsomina’s family functions according to very particular rules. First of all, Gelsomina, at twelve years of age, practically runs the family. Her three younger sisters obey her and work under her watchful eye. But the outside world mustn’t know anything about their lifestyle, and they too should be kept away from it, well-protected in their isolated countryside home.
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 preferable, 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 extraction, and who carries the hives.

Whilst all around them the countryside is being burnt up by pesticides, rural life is falling apart and becoming something different, a TV show competition arrives from the city offering a cash prize and a luxury cruise for the Most Traditional Family. “Countryside Wonders” is presented by the good fairy, Milly Catena. Gelsomina wants to participate in the contest, but Wolfgang won’t even consider it. Something else is tormenting him: the new European laws regarding farm produce. If they don’t get their honey lab in order, with washable walls and well-defined working spaces, they will have to cease production. They have to work very hard to expand the bee colonies, and get the lab up to standard. In his desperate search for cheap labor, Wolfgang agrees to take on a delinquent German boy, Martin, who comes from a youth rehabilitation exchange program.
The tension mounts: between a silent evasive boy onto whom Wolfgang projects his desire for a son, and, counteracting this, the outward reaching force of Gelsomina that will stop at nothing just in order to see the good fairy TV show hostess again.

Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her family. An extraordinary summer, when the strict rules that hold the family together, begin to break…

Directed by

Alice Rohrwacher

Production

tempesta/Carlo Cresto-Dina

With

Rai Cinema

In co-production with

Amka Films Produktions / POLA PANDORA Film Produktions

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Awards

DIRECTOR's NOTES

Le meraviglie is a film about the countryside, about the somewhat peculiar love between a father and his daughters, about missing male sons, about animals and little people that live in the television. It is a film in the viterbese dialect, but when the characters are angry, they even respond sometimes in French and German. Le meraviglie is also a fable.

BIO

Alice Rohrwacher was born in 1981 in Fiesole (Italy) and studied in Turin and Lisbon.
She has worked in music, performing as a musician for theatre and in documentary filmmaking as editor and director.

Filmography

LE MERAVIGLIE / THE WONDERS Italy 2014 (111’)
  • “Grand Jury Prize” Cannes Festival 2014
  • “Best film” Filmfest München 2014
  • "Black Pearl Award" New Horizons Abu Dhabi Film festival 2014 
  • "Special Jury Award" Seville European film Festival 2014
  • "Best Screenplay" Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2014
CORPO CELESTE Italy/France/Switzerland/Germany 2011 (98’)
  • “Ingmar Bergman Int. Debut Award" 2012 
  • “Nastro d’Argento” Best Newcomer 2012
  • “Ciak d’Oro” Best Newcomer 2012
  • "Premio Suso Cecchi D'Amico" Best Screenplay 2012  
LA FIUMARA episode of the collective documentary Che cosa manca Italia/What is Italy missing 2006 (7’)
 

Cast

Gelsomina ALEXANDRA LUNGU
Wolfgang SAM LOUWICK
Angelica ALBA ROHRWACHER
Cocò SABINE TIMOTEO
Marinella AGNESE GRAZIANI
Milly Catena MONICA BELLUCCI

with Martin  Luis Huilca Logroño / Caterina – Eva Pace Morrow / Luna – Maris Stella Morrow / “Second Life” representative - Margarethe Tiesel / Adrian – Andre M. Hennicke / Carlo Portarena – Carlo Tarmati

Crew

written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher
photography Hélène Louvart
editing Marco Spoletini
sound Christophe Giovannoni
set design Emita Frigato
costumes Loredana Buscemi
produced by Carlo Cresto-Dina, Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner, Tiziana Soudani, Michael Weber

a tempesta / Carlo Cresto-Dina production produced with Rai Cinema 

in coproduction with Amka Films Productions, Pola Pandora Filmproduktion
in coproduction with RSI, Radiotelevisione svizzera SRG SSR, ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel
in collaboration with arte
supported by Ufficio Federale Della Cultura (DFI), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
financing by Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg
in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna
supported by Regione Toscana
in association with BNL – Gruppo BNP PARIBAS
supported by Ministero dei Beni e della Attività Culturali e del Turismo – Direzione Generale Cinema

INTERNATIONAL SALES

the film is distributed in the following countries

United Kingdom

Germany

Benelux

Portugal

France

Switzerland

Spain

Festival

New York Film Festival 

Abu Dhabi film Festival 

Sevilla European Film Festival

London Film Festival

Busan Film Festival

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival