Part of the New Italian Cinema Events (N.I.C.E.) Film Festival
Celebrating its 33rd edition in the United States
Acqua e anice (Olimpia’s way)
(2022, Italy, 115 min.)
In ITALIAN with ENGLISH subtitles
Followed by a Q&A with director Corrado Ceron
and a video message by actress Stefania Sandrelli
About the Film:
An elderly pop singer, suffering from dementia, sets out on a journey toward the people who loved her and the places that made her a star. She hires a girl with little life experience as a driver and escort. The two women will learn to love each other, until the girl understands that the singer is asking her to be much more than a driver, since she hasn't told anyone that this trip will be her last. The movie was a Special Event in the19th Giornate degli Autori in Venice.
A final journey that doubles as an initiation, a paean to life and the freedom of choice, Acqua e anice mixes irony and poignancy as it captures the most profound, and most amusing, sides of this two-women road trip. It tries to strike a balance between the irreverent tones of comedy and the melancholy of drama. The camera never leaves Olimpia. We laugh and cry right along with her; we experience her hallucinations, we mix up past and present just as she does. This film is my tribute to a woman who had the guts to make a radical decision, saying her farewell in her own unmistakable style.
About the Director:
Corrado Ceron was born in Vicenza in 1980. After graduating from the Classical Lyceum, he attained a degree in Philosophy at the University of Milan and a diploma in Film Direction at Cinecittà in Rome. So far, he has shot many short fiction films, documentaries, commercials, video-clips and his debut feature film, Acqua e anice (Olimpia's Way).