Rose Stone Star

by Marcello Sannino
drama, Italy, 2020, 94’

Director Marcello Sannino
With Ivana Lotito, Ludovica Nasti, Fabrizio Rongione
And with Imma Piro, Francesca Bergamo, Valentina Curatoli, Niamh Mccan, Gigi Savoia
Story Marcello Sannino, Guido Lombardi, Massimiliano Virgilio, Giorgio Caruso
Screenplay Marcello Sannino, Guido Lombardi, Giorgio Caruso
Director of photography Alessandro Abate
Editing Giogiò Franchini
Production design Antonio Farina
Sound Daniele Maraniello
Music Riccardo Veno
Casting Adele Gallo, Massimiliano Pacifico
Produced by Antonella Di Nocera, Pier Francesco Aiello, Gaetano Di Vaio
A production by Parallelo 41 produzioni, Bronx Film, PFA film
With Rai Cinema
With support of Regione Campania (POC 2014-2020)
In collaboration with Film Commission Regione Campania
In promotion abroad with Istituto Luce Cinecitta – Filmitalia

Carmela is thirty, beautiful and as wild and untamed as an Amazon. She struggles to get by on her own, doing endless oddjobs until she finds herself involved in a business racket with the immigrants who populate the maze of alleyways in the centre of Naples. It's like one of the circles of hell, where even to get a residence permit and then a job – you have to pay. She has an eleven-year old daughter called Maria. They live with her mother, Anna, in Portici, a nearby coastal town in the province of Naples. Their relationship is a fraught one: Anna wishes her daughter would lead a simpler, more grounded life; but instead she is making the same mistakes she herself made in her time. Carmela has been more of a sister than a mother to Maria. The girl suffers because of this and has long been monitored by social services. Carmela feels the time has now come to take on the responsibilities of motherhood. She desperately wants to win her daughter’s trust. She makes a sincere effort. She meets Tarek, a forty-year old Algerian who has lived in Naples for twenty years. He is strongly attracted to Carmela and feels no small amount of tenderness. But this fragile edifice on which she tries to build a life gradually starts to crumble. This is a story told against the backdrop of a city that acts as a metaphor of the contemporary world – multicultural and dust-laden, sensual and unjust, where sparse beams of sunlight merely serve to cultivate our illusions. A place where you can arrive but you can never leave.

 

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Awards and Festivals

  • Rotterdam International film Festival IFFR 2020
  • 50. GiffoniFilm Festival
  • 56. Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema, Pesaro
  • Matera Film Festival 2020
  • Annecy Cinéma Italien
  • Carbonia Film Festival
  • Festival du film italien de Villerupt
  • Braunschweig International Film Festival
  • Wiesbadener Kinofestival / Exground Filmfest
  • Modena Via Emilia Doc Fest
  • Terra di Siena International Film Festival - Premio Speciale della Giuria
  • Festival di Spello 2021
  • Nuovo Cinema Italiano Brisbane 2021
  • Cortodorico 2021

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