Director Laura Bispuri made her feature film debut in 2015 with the award winning Vergine Giurata (Sworn Virgin). Based on true stories of women in Albania who choose to live their lives as men in order to be granted certain freedoms, the film was shown all over the world. Bispuri won numerous awards, including the Nora Ephron prize for Best Female Director at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
This week, she returns to Tribeca with her follow-up film Figlia Mia (Daughter of Mine), which delves into the complex world of adoption as a mother develops a curiosity and affection for the child she gave up a decade ago. Set amid the majestic sea and mountains of Sardinia, Figlia Mia is an emotional yet simple story of three women in conflict who share a strong bond of love.
Angelica (Alba Rohrwacher) was young and poor when she gave birth to Vittoria. Tina (Valeria Golino), married and financially secure, was willing and able to take the burden off Angelica’s hands. Ten years later, Vittoria emerges sheltered and protected but with a fierce independence and free spirit. One day at the beach when she comes face to face with Angelica, she immediately senses something isn’t right. After another encounter, Vittoria starts sneaking away to spend time with her suspected biological mother. After a few afternoons together, the natural mother-daughter bond becomes apparent and they can no longer deny the truth. Despite her efforts and sincere love for her daughter, Angelica’s demons make it dangerously hard for the two to get close.
According to Variety, Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights and is planning a release in the late summer or fall of this year.
By- Jeannine Guilyard
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