Alice Rohrwacher brought her timid smile, her look at the world, and a group of very diverse actors to the Croisette.
At 33 she’s the youngest Italian to compete for the Palme D’Or in recent memory, Rohrwacher’s Le Meraviglie stars her award-winning sister, actress Alba Rohrwacher, four children who non-professional actors, and the international star Monica Bellucci. Le Meraviglie represents Italy as its only film in competition and is one of the only two films from women directors at Cannes this year.
The Rohwachers were emotional and Bellucchi’s eyes glistened during the twelve minutes of applause after the afternoon premier.
Le Meraviglie is the story of a family of beekeepers who lives in the Tuscan countryside during a summer that changes everything for four sisters. “The film was shot in where my sister and I grew up but it’s not autobiographical, and even if it was, it’s not the story I’d have brought to the public, ” said Rohrwacher. “To make a film with Alba, after years of going to the office every morning, was like working in my pajamas.”
Thanks to our friend, photographer Gilles Vauclair, who is at Cannes, we have some excellent photos of the director and stars on the Croisette – Thanks Gilles!