Father By Chance (Il Padre d'Italia)



The Main 3 Wed, Jul 10, 2019 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
ICC Members:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Il Padre d'Italia
Italian Film Festival
Release Year:2017
Runtime:93 min
Festivals & Awards:Audience Award at Festival del Cinema Italiano di Ajaccio (2018)
Critic Award at Les rencontres du cinéma italien à Toulouse (2017)
Audience Award at Festival du Cinema Italien de Bastia (2017)
Jury Prize for Best Film at Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt (2017)
Young Jury Prize at Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt (2017)
Best Actress for Isabella Ragonese at Golden Globes Italy (2017)
Audience Award for Best Film at Ortigia Film Festival (2017)
Director:Fabio Mollo
Producer:Donatella Botti
Cinematographer:Daria D'Antonio
Screenwriter:Fabio Mollo
Josella Porto
Editor:Filippo Montemurro
Principal Cast:Isabella Ragonese
Luca Marinelli
Anna Ferruzzo
Mario Sgueglia
Federica De Cola
Miriam Karlkvist
Filmography:White Shadows - In production
Il Sud e' niente (2013)
Giganti (Short


Paolo is a skeptical, and at times ill-tempered, thirty-year-old who works as a sales clerk in a Turin Department Store. Mia is a backup singer in a band; she's pregnant and homeless, and her pink hair and flashy style stand out in a crowd. By chance, the two meet at a nightclub and it's not long before they "borrow" a van from Paolo's store and make their way from Turin to Rome. A geographical and emotional road trip, the two strangers become friends as they embark on a cross-country journey, discovering themselves, their country, and each other.

Visually charming, Mollo's second feature brilliantly tackles outdated ideas about gender, sexuality, and family with this unexpected story about love and what it means to really need one another.

This movie was originally shown at our 10th edition of the IFF in 2018.


The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul, in partnership with MSP Film Society, is happy to bring the best of Italian cinema to the Twin Cities. 2019 will be a special edition celebrating the best movies of the past 10 years of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (IFF).