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Girl in Flight Directed
Sandra Vannucchi Italy, Switzerland / 2017 / 78 minutes North American Premiere
In Italian with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Sandra Vannucchi, Michael King
"Almost 11-year-old" Silvia's home life is dominated by her mother's depression. Hoping for a break, Silvia pleads for a family trip to Rome. But when her father backs down yet again, she takes off on her own from their home outside Florence to fulfill her dream. Fearless and open to everything, she falls in with 13-year-old Emina, a Gypsy girl who reluctantly takes Silvia under her wing. And so the adventure begins. In a story that confronts such universal themes as the struggles of family life disrupted by mental illness, as well as a child's innocence in relation to an outcast ethnic group, Girl in Flight is a film of compassion and beauty. Shot in a Roma camp with resident non-actors by an award-winning cinematographer, this tender, captivating and emotional indie gem is based on events in first-time director Sandra Vannucchi's real life. —Barbara Pokras, ACE
BIO: Sandra Vannucchi was born and raised in Italy near Florence and received her B.F.A. in Film and Television from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has written and directed several short films, including Back Waters, winner of NYU's Nestor Almendros Award, and Sunday Morning, broadcast on the Independent Film Channel. Nick, her latest short, shot in Harlem New York, premiered at The Huesca International Film Festival in Spain and won the UNICA prize at the Concorso Nazionale Valdarno Cinema. Before shooting Girl in Flight, Sandra also worked as the writer's assistant to David Chase, the creator and writer of The Sopranos. She is currently developing her second feature, a feminist comedy and American-Italian project entitled Villa Pionte.
Cast/Featuring: Filippo Nigro, Donatella Finocchiaro, Lisa Ruth Andreozzi, Emina Amatovic
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