Alice Rohrwacher's 'Le Meraviglie' Only Italian Film in Competition at Cannes

| Sun, 04/20/2014 - 03:00
Alice Rohrwacher

The Italian film "Le Meraviglie" (The Wonders), directed by Alice Rohrwacher, has been selected to compete for the Golden Palm at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

A young and promising Italian director, the talented 33-year-old Rohrwacher came to international prominence in 2011 when she won the up-and-coming filmmaker's prize at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight), an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival, the Italian Nastro D'Argento (Silver Ribbon) and Davide di Donatello as Best New Director for her directorial debut Heavenly Body (Corpo celeste).

"Le Meraviglie" is the sole Italian selection in this year's competition in Cannes and features in the cast famous Italian actress Monica Bellucci and the director's sister Alba Rohrwacher.

The film is set in Rohrwacher's native Tuscany, in Sorano and Bagni di San Filippo in particular, where the idyllic existence of the young protagonist Gelsomina (Alba Rohrwacher) is turned upside-down by the arrival of a young man named Martin.