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Giovanna's Father

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Original title
Il papà di Giovanna
Running time
105 min.
Italy Italy
Pupi Avati, Antonio Avati
Riz Ortolani
Pasquale Rachini
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Duea Film / Medusa Film
Drama | Family Relationships. 1930s. Crime
Synopsis / Plot
Bologna 1938. Michele Casali has a serious problem. His only daughter, Giovanna, has just killed her best friend in a bout of jealousy. The girl, who is still an adolescent, is declared to be non compus mentis and is committed to a psychiatric hospital. During the time she spends in almost total isolation, the only person who looks after her is her father. This further strengthens the already strong father-daughter relationship from which Delia, the girl’s mother, has always been excluded. Sergio, who is a police inspector and a close friend of Michele’s, is witness to the terrible events. He is also secretly in love with Delia. In the winter of 1953, in a Bologna which is still recovering from the horrors of the war, Delia and Giovanna’s eyes lock in the darkness of a small cinema: Giovanna is by now much better and still in the company of her doting father. Her mother no longer has any doubts: this is the start of a new life, this time, together.

2008: Venice Film Festival: Best Actor (Silvio Orlando)
2008: Venice Film Festival: Best Actor (Silvio Orlando)
2008: David di Donatello Awards: Best Actress (Alba Rohrwacher). 4 nominations
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