Worldly Girl

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    Worldly Girl

    La Ragazza del mondo

    Directed by

    Italy, France

    2016

    104 min

    • Italian

    Drama

    Venice Days

    Giulia’s world is an ancient one, frozen in time, rigorously devoted to its sacred texts - a world that ruthlessly shuts out those who don’t belong. Libero’s world is that of everyone else, with their mistakes, their strategies for getting by and starting over, their ability to love unconditionally. When she meets Libero, Giulia realizes her life can go in a different direction, of her own choosing. It’s a pure, inescapable passion, an intense new season in their lives, and a decision that will cost Giulia her inclusion in the Jehovah’s Witnesses community, and turn her into an outcast. Yet Libero will give her the greatest gift of love: the freedom to belong to the world outside, a shining new world full of future chances.

    Awards

    • Brian Award, SNGCI Award for Best Actors (Michele Riondino and Sara Serraiocco) - Venice IFF
    • Best Actor (Michele Riondino) - Bratislava IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Sara Serraiocco
    Michele Riondino
    Marco Leonardi
    Stefania Montorsi
    Lucia Mascino
    Pippo Delbono
    Martina Cerroni
    Giorgio Careccia
    Maria Chiara Giannetta
    Alessandra Vanzi
    Andrea Mautone
    Screenplay
    Marco Danieli
    Antonio Manca
    Cinematography
    Emanuele Pasquet
    Editing
    Alessio Franco
    Davide Vizzini
    Music
    Umberto Smerilli

    Director's Statement

    I have always been very interested in the themes of identity, a person’s growth and development, and the relationship between individuals and communities. In my opinion, religious orthodoxy represents an ideal context to explore these issues, because the expression of individual willpower inevitably collides with the ethical and theoretical superstructures of the community. This is the reason why I consider my film as a coming-of-age story, rather than a romantic film, despite its being ruled by a complex and passionate love story. Love spurs the protagonist to search for her identity, but that was just the beginning of her journey.

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    Press

    Danieli is meticulously even-handed in his depiction of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    Marco Danieli

    Marco Danieli

    Italy

    Marco Danieli was born in 1976. He presently lives in Rome. He has been working as a director, author and editor in a numerous documentary and television productions while working as an independent filmmaker at the same time. In 2007, he got a degree in Film Direction from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Italian National Film School). His short films have been selected in some of the most important international film festivals, such as the Venice film festival and the Tau Film Festival in Tel Aviv. Since 2011, he has also been working as a tutor at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in the course of Direction chaired by Daniele Luchetti. WORLDLY GIRL, his first feature film, premiered at the Venice IFF in 2016.