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Film Info
Festival Programs:World Cinema
LGBTQ+ Currents
Release Year:2022
Runtime:97 min
Print Source:Music Box Films
Family Drama
Historical Drama
Director:Emanuele Crialese
Producer:Lorenzo Gangarossa
Mario Gianani
Dimitri Rassam
Cinematographer:Gergely Pohárnok
Screenwriter:Emanuele Crialese
Francesca Manieri
Vittorio Moroni
Editor:Clelio Benevento
Principal Cast:Penélope Cruz
Vincenzo Amato
Luana Giuliani
Patrizio Francioni


Acclaimed director Emanuele Crialese returns to the international festival circuit with his autobiographical coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old with gender dysphoria trying to navigate Rome in the 1970s, and a family coming apart at the seams.

In 1970s Rome, Clara (Penélope Cruz) and Felice (Vincenzo Amato) are an unhappily married couple, remaining together for the sake of the children and their Catholic beliefs. Their three children, Adriana, Gino, and Diana, feel the tension palpably, but 12-year-old Adriana (Luana Giuliani) is faced with her own challenges: she identifies as male and wants to be called Andrew, and only their friend Sara accepts them unconditionally. Andrew’s insistence on being accepted by the family pushes Clara to her psychological breaking point. Director Crialese, one of Italy’s most beloved filmmakers, only recently revealed their own gender dysphoria as a child, and has crafted an autobiographical film that will be regarded as a masterpiece. “A grand and vibrant work of art.” –Lena Wilson, The Wrap

Director Biography

Emanuele Crialese was born in 1965 in Rome to Sicilian parents and graduated with a degree in filmmaking from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. His films include Once We Were Strangers (1997), Respiro (2002), Nuovomondo (2006) and Terraferma (2011).