Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival

If Only

1 screenings

30 JUL 2020 — Film

About.

Company

New Zealand International Film Festival

Duration

104 minutes

Restrictions

M Sex scenes & Offensive Language

Magari
Italy/France 2019
In Italian, French and English, with English subtitles

Ginevra Elkann’s lovely directorial debut, set in the early 90s and based on her own childhood, finds three siblings arriving in Rome from Paris on a visit to their unreliable father, where family tensions and spontaneous fun mix.

Peppy eight-year-old Alma (Oro De Commarque, an adorable new face to remember) prays secretly for the reunion of her divorced parents over one indelible winter in this brisk, instantly appealing family drama. Torn between France and Italy, Alma and her two older brothers are shipped off by their pregnant – and very Catholic – mother to spend time with their father (Riccardo Scamarcio), a struggling screenwriter whose parenting skills also lack finesse. What unfolds to everyone’s surprise is a freewheeling season of beach outings, daytrips to Rome and joyrides with a gang of cooler, older kids, one of whom Alma falls for and fantasises about their future marriage alongside the day her parents will renew their vows.

Directing with a remarkable lightness of touch, Ginevra Elkann guides her ensemble cast (which includes The Wonders’ Alba Rohrwacher and Fleabag’s greasy Brett Gelman) through scene after scene of effortless naturalism and mischief. No single event in If Only feels outlandish or contrived, a testament to its portrayal of the way the fondest memories often feel incidental in the moment and only later – like the charms of this splendid first feature – catch you off guard.

Credits

Ginevra Elkann

Director

Lorenzo Mieli

Producer

Mario Gianani

Producer

Lorenzo Gangarossa

Producer

Chiara Barzini

Screenplay

Ginevra Elkann

Screenplay

Vladan Radovic

Photography

Desideria Rayner

Editor

Roberto De Angelis

Production designer

Sergio Zambon

Costume designer

Riccardo Sinigallia

Music

With

Riccardo Scamarcio

Carlo

Alba Rohrwacher

Benedetta

Milo Roussel

Sebastiano

Ettore Giustiniani

Jean

Oro De Commarque

Alma

Céline Sallette

Charlotte

Brett Gelman

Bruce

Benjamin Baroche

Pavel

Festival

Locarno 2019

Dates &
Times.

Thu 30 Jul 6:15 PM

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Warm, vibrant and intimately observed… it casts a sensuous spell.
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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