2016 MVIFF – THE WONDERSItaly | 2014 | 110 mins | Not Rated | Drama
Sunday September 11, 2016
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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A family of beekeepers living in the Tuscan countryside finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family.
Rohrwacher’s richly textured feature centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in central Italy. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenaged boy taken in as a farmhand, and a production crew recruiting local farmers to participate in a cheesy televised celebration of ancient Etruscan culture presented by the mysterious Milly Catena (Monica Bellucci). Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, Gelsomina, who is struggling to find her footing in the world, and Rohrwacher manages to convey her adolescent sense of wonder and confusion with characteristically graceful naturalism.
With an introduction by TRISHA COLON of ISLAND BEE COMPANY!
“What's worth wondering at is the way writer-director Alice Rohrwacher illustrates the private world of an authentic and genuinely loving family.” – Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
“…it's a beautiful, richly imagined ride that doesn't end as much as evaporate into a dreamlike puff of smoke.”- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
Cannes Film Festival 2014 Winner Grand Prize of the Jury
Munich Film Festival 2014 Winner Best film by an Emerging Director