I Was a Dreamer

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Italy | 2016 | 100 minutes | Michele Vannucci

A hardened ex-con returns to his working-class Rome suburb with a dream of improving his family’s life in this sensitive, redemptive drama. But walking the straight and narrow is difficult when your father is a criminal and temptation is around every corner.

"One of the most accomplished and rewarding films to watch this year"—Angelo Acerbi, SIFF Programmer

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In his debut feature film, Italian director Michele Vannucci aims to answer the age-old question: Can a leopard really change his spots? This tale of redemption follows the "Mighty Mirko" (Mirko Frezza) as he attempts to clean up his community and restore himself as a father, a son, a friend, and a neighbor. After serving time in prison, Mirko returns to his neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome, still as distressed as it was when he left years before. His homecoming leads to his election as president of the homeowners' committee. Mirko's journey to earn penance for his past sins prompts him to try to save the community he believes he helped destroy. He aims to provide a future for those who can't build one themselves, while still walking the fine line between atonement and the temptation of his former life of crime. Between easy banter and shared moments of hope, the exceptional supporting cast builds a community of friendship and support. I Was a Dreamer proves that a band of misfits and outcasts can learn to work for a future they finally believe they can have, thanks to the Mighty Mirko.

Director Biography

Michele Vannucci was born in Rome in 1987. In 2012 he graduates in directing at the prestigious Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, the National Italian Film School. He has directed many short documentaries and one medium-length documentary, "Vigne Nuove". In 2015 he directed the short "Una Storia Normale", which was the basis for I Was a Dreamer.

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  • Original Language Title: Il più grande sogno
  • Director: Michele Vannucci
  • Principal Cast: Mirko Frezza, Alessandro Borghi, Vittorio Viviani, Milena Mancini, Ivana Lotito, Ginevra De Carolis
  • Premiere Status: North America
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Giovanni Pompili
  • Screenplay: Michele Vannucci, Anita Otto
  • Cinematographers: Matteo Vieille
  • Editors: Sara Zavarise
  • Music: Theo Theardo
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: True Colours Glorious Film