LIFF19 If Life Gives You Lemons

M 88 mins

About the film

Director: Ciro D'Emilio
Actors: Anna Foglietta, Giampiero De Concilio, Massimo De Matteo
Australian premiere

A boy torn between his bond with his troubled mother and his desire to break free and be his own person is the subject of this intimately effective drama which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.
Antonio is seventeen years old and has a dream: to be a footballer in a great team. His mother Miriam is a kind but scarred from her failed relationship with his father. Antonio loves her more than any other person in the world, but her instability is starting to harm his opportunities. Together they run a small lemon orchard in a southern village, but there are huge changes looming in Antonio’s life that may compromise his ability to keep being his mother’s rock.
Lead by the young and charismatic Giampiero De Concilio, who plays his part with painful authenticity, this moving coming-of-age drama marks him as an actor to watch.

‘A deeply intimate but sombre film, which feels like a genuinely personal work.’ – CINEUROPA

WINNER: Silver Ribbon - Best Actress and Guglielmo Biraghi Award, Nastri d’Argento Awards, 2019
NOMINATED: Best Actress, David di Donatello Awards 2019
NOMINATED: Best Film, Venice Horizons Award, Venice International Film Festival, 2018

Italian with English subtitles

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