Noble Earth

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USA | 2017 | 79 minutes | Ursula Grisham

While visiting Florence on vacation, a young woman searching for direction has a chance encounter with an Italian nobleman and embarks on a dreamlike romance under the Tuscan sun, until she becomes disenchanted by the regressive, superficial ideals of the Florentine elite class.

After being fired from her job in New York, Emma travels to Florence to discover herself anew. Enamored by the beauty of the city, Emma drifts until she finds herself being wooed by a young Italian man, Tancredi, who invites her into a world unknown; that of hermetic nobility. Entranced and in love, Emma eagerly accepts an invitation of marriage by Tancredi, but upon their engagement, the reality of the lifestyle she's giving her life to sets in and her excitement begins to wane as the gloss fades. The longer Emma stays with the family, the more she becomes involved with their politics and witnesses the flaws of their blind privilege. Having lived as a working-class citizen, Emma cannot help but feel like an outsider whose perspective is undervalued and dismissed. How long can she remain in the place that her new family expects of her before her perspective on the world spills out? Director Ursula Grisham shines in her debut feature by creating an atmospheric tension that naturally propels her Emma towards self-agency.

Director Biography
Growing up in Colorado and New Zealand, and graduating with High Honors from Dartmouth College, the one-time investment banker Ursula Grisham has since dedicated her life to shooting film. Her first film was the 2012 short The Return, about a poet in the fictional town of Little Madrid. Grisham has gone on to direct a number of commercial art films for fashion designers, and now serves as Head Curator of New York-based collective Filmatique.

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  • Director: Ursula Grisham
  • Principal Cast: Daisy Bevan, Elia Cittadini, Pierangelo Menci, Bettina Giovannini
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 79 minutes
  • Producer: Lorenzo Fiuzzi, Melinda Prisco, Ursula Grisham
  • Screenplay: Ursula Grisham
  • Cinematographers: Kasper Wind
  • Editors: Nadia Ben Rachid, Carlos Marqués-Marcét
  • Music: Martin Velez
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Oaxaca Film Festival 2017 (Best Emergent Feature)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Film Republic