The Cannes Film Festival announced its official lineup and in competition for the Palme D’Or, director Alice Rohrwacher’s second film, Le Meraviglie, starring her sister, actress Alba Rohrwacher and Monica Bellucci.
One of two female directors in competition this year, Italian writer-director Rohrwacher brings the story of a 14-year-old girl in the Umbrian countryside whose secluded life is shattered by the arrival of a young German ex-con.
You can watch Alba’s directorial debut, Corpo Celeste, on Netflix, a very personal and very genuine story of 13-year-old Marta’s move from Switzerland to Italy is the best of two worlds; it’s got authenticity and realism but remains an allegorical fairy tale, with a young heroine fighting figurative dragons in a far-off land.
Out of competition, another female director, Asia Argento, will be there with Incompresa. Cannes has been getting heat in the last few years for its deficiency in female directors, so it will be up to Asia and Alice to represent Italy and women.