Magazine article Screen International

Alice Rohrwacher, the Wonders

Magazine article Screen International

Alice Rohrwacher, the Wonders

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Thirty-one year-old Italian director Alice Rohrwacher returns to the Croisette with Competition entry The Wonders (Le Meraviglie), a coming-of-age story set in the Italian countryside.

In keeping with her first film Corpo Celeste, Le Meraviglie draws on experiences from Rohrwacher's own childhood.

"I wanted to tell a story that speaks about how landscape is changing," says the writer-director. "The region of middle Italy is my homeland and I wanted to frame a story within a changing landscape."

"This is a film about tradition and asks the question: what is tradition?," she continues.

"It's a question that's not only relevant to Italians. It seems that all over the world people are questioning who they are and what their roots are."

The drama, which stars youngster Maria Alexandra Lungu in the lead role alongside Sam Louwyk and Monica Bellucci, marks the first-time Rohrwacher has directed her sister, the established actress Alba Rohrwacher.

"She was a great help during the writing of the film," explains the younger sibling. …

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