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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Emanuele Crialese

Italy | 98

15 Apr
Sat, Apr 15 at 5:30 pm PT
16 Apr
Sun, Apr 16 at 6:00 pm
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Emanuele Crialese’s first film in 11 years is a personal portrait of two outsiders trying to escape the confines of their environment. Penelope Cruz commands the screen as Clara, an effusive but slightly manic mother raising three kids in 1970s Rome. She tries to make family life a party amid a loveless marriage while her eldest daughter, Adri, experiences gender dysphoria in an era where the term doesn’t really exist. Cruz conveys desperation under Clara’s playfulness as the character cries while applying makeup or mischievously slides beneath the table at a dinner party to frolic with her kids. Blending intimate scenes of family drama with surreal musical sequences and anchored by Cruz’s multilayered performance, L’Immensità is a tremendous return from a director whose work SFFILM has championed from the very beginning.

Director Emanuele Crialese

Italian writer/director Emanuele Crialese studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and made his feature debut with Once We Were Strangers (Festival 1998). His second feature, Respiro (Festival 2003), won numerous awards including the Critics Week Grand Prize and Young Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His next film, Golden Door (Festival 2007) won six awards at the Venice Film Festival, including the Silver Lion. His next film, Terraferma (Festival 2012), won three prizes at Venice.


Film Details

Language Italian

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 98

Country Italy, France

Director Emanuele Crialese

Executive Producer Olivia Sleiter

Producer Lorenzo Gangarossa, Mario Gianani, Dimitri Rassam

Writer Emanuele Crialese, Francesca Manieri, Vittorio Moroni

Editor Clelio Benevento

Cinematographer Gergely Pohárnok

Music Rauelsson

Cast Penélope Cruz, Vincenzo Amato, Luana Giuliani

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

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