Magari (If Only). 2019. Italy/France. Directed by Ginevra Elkann. Screenplay by Elkann, Chiara Barzini. With Alba Rohrwacher, Céline Sallette, Brett Gelman. DCP. In Italian; English subtitles. 104 min.
Eight-year-old Alma dreams of reuniting her divorced parents in this beautifully observed coming-of-age drama, which opened the Locarno Film Festival and now has its North American premiere at MoMA. An accomplished producer making her feature directing debut (she apprenticed with Bernardo Bertolucci on Besieged), Ginevra Elkann does astonishing work with the film’s nonprofessional child actors. Alba Rohrwacher is equally impressive as Benedetta, the writing partner and lover of Alma’s father, who conspires to win over the girl and her older brothers with her mischievous transgressions. Courtesy Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Rai Com
New York premiere