Viola, Franca is really wonderful in so many ways; you’ll be entertained, you’ll learn something new, you’ll be moved, and inspired.
This is a big story and director Marta Savina does a great job of packing a big punch in just 15 minutes.
The setting is gorgeous, the Sicilian countryside and the quaint village are so appealing and the film’s got that sentimental Italian vibe that will satisfy Italophiles, but within the picturesque backdrop Marta offers a powerful history lesson about gender, women’s rights, and violence against women in Italy, unfortunately not so long ago.
It’s an emotional story but not made to be overly sentimental. It would have been easy to manipulate the viewer in so many different ways but the only thing I felt was the Franca Viola’s pain and desire for justice.
This film will remind you that it only takes one person to make a big difference in the world, and that person doesn’t have to have money or power, just resolve and conviction.
Nominated for a David Di Donatello (Italian Oscar) as Best Short, Viola, Franca will have its World Premiere on April 22nd, as part of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It is the only Italian title in the official selection.
Viola, Franca is a short film directed by Marta Savina and based on a true story: It’s Sicily in 1965, and Franca is forced to marry her rapist. Her refusal against this established custom sets a precedent that alters the course of Italian history, paving the way for women’s rights.
Saturday, April 22nd – 6:00 pm REGAL Cinemas Battery Park-05 (SOLD OUT available only RUSH)
Wednesday, April 26th – 5:30 pm – REGAL Cinema Battery Park-04 (SOLD OUT available only RUSH)
Friday, April 28th – 5:00 pm – Cinépolis Chelsea-06
Saturday, April 29th – 9:30 pm – Cinépolis Chelsea-08