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Acqua e anice (Olimpia’s Way)

N.I.C.E. Festival Opening Night

Date
November 28, 2023
Time
6:30 pm
Overview

Part of the New Italian Cinema Events (N.I.C.E.) Film Festival
Celebrating its 33rd edition in the United States

Screening
Acqua e anice (Olimpia’s way)
(2022, Italy, 115 min.)
In ITALIAN with ENGLISH subtitles

Directed by
Corrado Ceron

Written by
Federico Fava, Corrado Ceron, Valentina Zanella

Starring
Stefania Sandrelli
Silvia D’Amico

Followed by a Q&A with director Corrado Ceron
and a video message by actress Stefania Sandrelli

In ENGLISH

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.

Director’s Notes:
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).

Trailer:

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