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A Street in Palermo

Via Castellana Bandiera

Italy | 2013 | 91 minutes | Emma Dante

In two opposing cars on a narrow street, two stubborn women engage in a symbolic fight to the death, determined not to move the aside to let the other pass, in this delightfully theatrical powder keg of a film.

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Acclaimed Sicilian theater director Emma Dante's first feature tells the story of a delightfully theatrical standoff between two stubborn women on a Palermo street too narrow for two cars to pass at once. In one car, Rosa—who grew up a lonely child of circumstance and cultural deprivation—is accompanying her lover, Clara, to a wedding. Their relationship in crisis, the stifling heat only amplifies the palpable tension between them. On the titular street, the couple comes face-to-face, or car-to-car, with Samira, an elderly woman from a poor Albanian community. Having recently lost her daughter, the only person who remains for her is her young grandson, Niccolò. Stuck in the alley, no one will move. Both have their own reasons for being obstinate, but the situation soon takes on gargantuan and absurd proportions—a symbolic fight to death between the two women in which all the neighbors and passers-by will eventually get involved. Behind the comical, uproarious nonsense of the situation, Dante, with a dynamic scenario and a fierce eye, tells the story of this powder keg of an encounter, bringing to light all the mercilessness and roughness of which humankind is still capable.

Director Biography

Born and raised in Palermo, Italy, Emma Dante graduated from The Silvio d’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art for acting in 1990. Her love for theater assisted in her decision to create South West Coast Production Company in 1999, and in 2002 she won the Premio Ubu prize, one of Italy’s most important recognitions of theater. A Street in Palermo is Dante’s filmic directorial debut.

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Director: Emma Dante
Principal Cast: Emma Dante, Elena Cotta, Alba Rohrwacher, Renato Malfatti, Dario Casarolo
Country: Italy, Switzerland, France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 91 minutes
Producer: Gregorio Paonessa, Mario Gianani
Screenplay: Emma Dante, Giorgio Vasta, Licia Eminenti
Cinematographers: Gherardo Gossi
Editors: Benni Atria
Music: Mancuso Brothers
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Göteborg International Film Festival 2014 (Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award), Venice Film Festival 2013 (Best Actress)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Italian, Sicilian, Albanian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Films Distribution
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