IFF21 The Ties

IFF21 The Ties

IFF21 The Ties


Distinguished by an outstanding cast in top form, the stylish and involving new drama from award-winning writer/director Daniele Luchetti (La Nostra Vita, My Brother is an Only Child) charts the lives of a middle-class Italian family across three decades.

Naples, early 1980s. The once-happy union between Aldo (Luigi Lo Cascio) and his wife Vanda (a superb Alba Rohrwacher) is ruptured one evening when Aldo admits, unprompted, that he has been unfaithful. Equally hurt and bewildered, Vanda attempts to hide her pain from the couple’s two school-age kids.

30 years later, Aldo (Silvio Orlando) and Vanda (Laura Morante) are still together, but their relationships with each other and grownup children Anna (Giovanni Mezzogiorno) and Sandro (Adriano Giannini) continue to be defined by what happened all those years ago.

The first Italian film in over a decade to open the Venice Film Festival, Luchetti’s intricate and affecting film effortlessly shifts back and forth through the years, wresting new perspectives on age-old relationship conflicts. It’s emotional, indelible cinema.

“A finely crafted, quality drama. Luchetti’s grasp of relationships is utterly authentic and dives deep into the cruel dynamics of a couple at the breaking point.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Alba Rohrwacher and Luigi Lo Cascio are exceptionally strong.” - The Times

“A European cousin to Marriage Story.” - The Guardian

Festivals & Awards:
OPENING NIGHT GALA - Venice International Film Festival 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Toronto International Film Festival 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Zurich Film Festival 2020
NOMINEE - David di Donatello Awards 2021 - Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor
NOMINEE - Nastro d’Argento 2021, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound

Director: Daniele Luchetti
Born in Rome 1960, Daniele Luchetti started his career as an assistant director and actor in films by Nanni Moretti. Luchetti’s directorial debut It's Happening Tomorrow (1988) received special mention at Cannes Film Festival and won the David di Donatello award for Best Feature Debut. His recent films include My Brother is an Only Child (2007), winner of five David di Donatello awards, and La nostra vita (2010), winner of three David di Donatello awards and selected for Official Competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Release Date: Oct 20, 2021
Rating: M
Runtime: 100 mins

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