THE WONDERS [LE MERAVIGLIE, Italy] – Thursday 14 April, 8pm

By January 2, 2016 archive, Season 14 Films

Cannes Grand Jury Prize Winner 2014. The entry into womanhood of a farming family’s eldest daughter is at the heart of this excellently-performed feature set in beautiful rural Tuscany.

Deftly balancing vérité-style social realism with fairy tale elements, THE WONDERS tells the story of one adolescent summer in the life of Gelsomina, a 12-year-old with three younger sisters, whose family have escaped urban life to attempt to live self sufficiently in the Italian country.  She helps her demanding father in minding bee hives and draining off honey, but soon the whole family is distracted by a TV competition awarding big prizes for country produce, or ‘Village Wonders’, which is presented by an enigmatic host.

★★★★★  “as powerful as it is enchanting”The Telegraph

Italy, 2014 | Language: Italian | 110 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director:  Alice Rohrwacher

Starring:  Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Monica Belluci