Somewhere Amazing (In Un Posto Bellissimo)


Vogue Theatre Thu, Nov 17, 2016 6:30 PM
Film Info
Running Time:100 min.
Director:Giorgia Cecere
Producer:Donatella Botti
Screenwriter:Giorgia Cecere
Pierpaolo Pirone
Cinematographer:Claudio Cofrancesco
Editor:Annalisa Forgione
Music:Donatella Pisanello
Cast:Isabella Ragonese
Alessio Boni
Faysal Abbaoui
Tatiana Lepore
Paolo Sassanelli
Piera Degli Esposti
Michele Griffo
Teresa Acerbis


Isabella Ragonese (The Golden Door, Tutta la Vita Davanti), excels as Lucia, a thoughtful and reserved woman who works in a flower shop. Outside of her job, she has a husband, Andrea (Alessio Boni), and a son she dearly loves—in other words, a good life. But she’s living it with a remote sense of strangeness. Deep inside, she has a scar from the loss of a close childhood friend and a longing for a different happiness. Then she discovers that her husband, Andrea, is cheating on her. She struggles to win him back, but Andrea is distracted by the other woman. Lucia has to cope, alone, with the fear of losing everything. Serendipity and her sense of humanity involve her with Ahmed (Faysal Abbaoui)— a young immigrant who has nothing—as their paths continue to cross. When she finds him on the street, burning up with fever, she takes him home, offers to let him sleep on her couch, and covers him with a blanket, much to her husband’s consternation. As her quiet desperation gives way to a timid confidence, and as the simple act of kindness to a stranger energizes her, she begins to find her center. Lucia learns to drive, examines her assumptions about her family, and rebuilds her life. Official Selection, 2016 Göteborg Film Festival.

Copresented by Bay Area Women in Film & Media

About the filmmaker

Giorgia Cecere (Castrignano del Capo, Lecce) studied directing at the Centro Sperimentale with Gianni Amelio, with whom she later on worked on Open Doors and The Stolen Children. Thanks to Ermanno Olmi’s lab Ipotesi Cinema, she made the medium-length film Mareterra. She wrote the story and the screenplay for Live Blood and The Miracle, both directed by Edoardo Winspeare. The First Assignment, her first feature film, was presented at the 67th International Venice Film Festival and won the N.I.C.E. City of Florence Award in 2011.