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Le Sorelle Macaluso

‘The Macaluso Sisters’ (the English title) is a moving drama that looks at the lives of five sisters in youth, adulthood and old age. Set in the ancient heart of Palermo’s waterfront district.

Length: 94 min
Country: Italy
Language spoken: Italian
Language subtitles: Dutch
Cast: Alissa Maria Orlando, Susanna Piraino, Anita Pomario, Eleonora De Luca, Viola Pusateri
Director: Emma Dante
Release date: 2020

Description

Winner of the Pasinetti Awards for Best Film and Best Ensemble Acting at last year’s Venice Film Festival, Italian playwright-turned-filmmaker Emma Dante’s ‘The Macaluso Sisters’ (the English title) is a moving drama that looks at the lives of five sisters in youth, adulthood and old age. Set in the ancient heart of Palermo’s waterfront district, the film has the ability to render the lives of these supposedly ordinary women in an extraordinary manner, elevating their struggles and heartbreaks to a universal level. Sublime!

‘A deeply poignant story… The skill with which Dante adapts her own play, marshalling three sets of actors playing the same characters at three different phases of life, and brings it soaring to fully cinematic life is remarkable. In just her second feature… Dante sets a firm seal upon her cross-disciplinary emergence as a director of unusually vivid empathy.’—Jessica Kiang, Variety

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