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Film Fest 2011 - The Solitude of Prime Numbers


The Solitude of Prime Numbers
La solitudine dei numeri primi, Italy/Germany/France 2010
Director: Saverio Costanzo
Producer: Mario Gianani
Screenplay: Saverio Costanzo, Paolo Giordano. Based on the novel by Giordano
Photography: Fabio Cianchetti
Editor: Francesca Calvelli
Production designers: Antonello Geleng, Marina Pinzuti Ansolini
Costume designer: Antonella Cannarozzi
Music: Mike Patton
In Italian with English subtitles

With: Alba Rohrwacher (Alice), Luca Marinelli (Mattia), Isabella Rossellini (Adele), Martina Albano (Alice as girl), Arianna Nastro (Alice as adolescent), Tommaso Neri (Mattia as boy), Vittorio Lomartire (Mattia as adolescent), Aurora Ruffino (Viola), Giorgia Pizzo (Michela as girl)

Festivals: Venice, Toronto 2010

118 minutes
Censors rating tbc

"Troubling, complex and compelling  a wonderful portrait of differences." - Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival

A best-selling novel about two bright, fiercely lonely misfits caught in a strange life-long pas de deux is now a strange, fiercely unconventional and ecstatically cinematic film. Alice, a photographer, was a golden child tailored for perfection by her ambitious parents until a ski accident left her with a limp and an enduring sense of disgrace. Mattia is a mathematical prodigy, marginalised at an early age by the responsibility he's given for his mentally challenged sister. Director Saverio Constanzo cuts back and forth through their intermittently overlapping lives from childhood into their 40s to create a dazzling mosaic of the crucial incidents, most of which occur, tellingly, around crowded, vividly orchestrated parties - a kid's birthday, a house party, a wedding. Luca Marinelli and Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love) astound as the adult Mattia and Alice, even taking on the radical weight changes of their tragically self-dividing characters. - BG