This film was released on Friday 17th July 2015 and is no longer screening.
Alice Rohrwacher’s previous film, Corpo celeste, about a Catholic girl struggling with her faith as she is about to make her Confirmation, won awards and acclaim on the festival circuit and was a striking debut. With The Wonders, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2014, Rohrwacher once again puts a young female character at the centre of her story to great effect in a film that confirms her promise.
Deftly balancing vérité-style social realism with fairy tale elements, it tells the story of one adolescent summer in the life of Gelsomina, a 12-year-old with three younger sisters, whose family have escaped urban life to attempt to live self sufficiently in the country. She helps her demanding father in minding bee hives and draining off honey, but soon the whole family is distracted by a TV competition awarding big prizes for country produce, or ‘Village Wonders’, which is presented by an enigmatic host. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
FEAST YOUR EYES
The screening of this film at 18:15 on July 21st is a Feast Your Eyes event. Tickets €20 (free list suspended).
Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.