First feature, Italy Argentina 2019, 91’, Italian & Spanish with English and Hebrew subtitles
By Maura Delpero
Cinematographer: Soledad Rodriguez
Cast: Lidiya Liberman, Denise Carrizo, Agustina Malale, Isabella Cilia, Alan Rivas, Livia Fernán, Marta Lubos, Renata Palminiello
World sales: Charades
The young sister Paola begins her work in a religious center for teenage mothers. There she meets the 17-year-old girls Lu and Fati. The two teenagers struggle with the strict rules of the nuns. Meanwhile, Paola develops strong mothering feelings for one of the children and thinks about new paths for herself.
was born in Bolzano. After studying literature in Bologna and Paris, she studied dramaturgy and screenwriting in Buenos Aires. Her documentaries, which push the boundaries of fiction, have won her numerous awards at festivals around the world. MATERNAL is her first feature film and has also received numerous awards worldwide. Maura Delpero is the recipient of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Woman in Motion Young Talent Award.
2012: Nadea And Sveta
2008: Four Tracks From Ossigeno
2006: Choose Your Wife And Oxen From Your Own Town
festivals & awards (selection):
–Locarno Film Festival 2019: Special Mention, Label Europa Cinemas, Ecumenical Prize, Junior Jury: Second Prize
– Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2019: Competencia Argentina – FIPRESCI Prize, Special Jury Mention
– BFI London Film Festival 2019
– Rome Film Fest 2019