Italy

DORMANT BEAUTY [Bella addormentata]

Italy's real-life Eluana Englaro case, where a young woman injured in a car accident lived in a vegetative state for 17 years while her father fought to have the plug pulled, is the backdrop for this thought-provoking drama from Marco Bellochio (VINCERE, GOOD MORNING, NIGHT). Surveying a variety of characters and viewpoints, this multi-strand tale explores the contradictory push and pull of politics, ethics, family loyalty and love in contemporary society. Does the possibility for change exist even for those with fiercely held opinions? Starring Toni Servillo, Alba Rohrwacher, Isabelle Huppert, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio and Maya Sansa. Official Selection, 2012 Venice, Toronto, Busan and London Film Festivals.

DIR/SCR Marco Bellocchio; SCR Veronica Raimo, Stefano Rulli; PROD Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi. Italy/ France, 2012, color, 115 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED D L

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