Rome Film Fest opener “There’s Still Tomorrow,” a bold period dramedy that marks the directorial debut of popular Italian actor Paola Cortellesi, has scored a slew of international sales.
The film shot in black and white and set in post World War II Rome riffs on Italy’s neorealist past, albeit with a female empowerment element and a contemporary A-list Italian cast.
Cortellesi, who is one of Italy’s biggest box office draws, stars as the pic’s protagonist Delia who is seemingly resigned to her traditional role of wife and mother. Valerio Mastandrea (“Perfect Strangers”) plays her husband Ivano who is the undisputed master of the family. Delia sees the engagement of her daughter Marcella (Romana Maggiora Vergano) to her middle-class boyfriend Giulio (Francesco Centorame), as Marcella’s big opportunity to avoid her same fate. Then suddenly everything changes when a mysterious letter arrives and fires up Delia’s courage to turn the tables on fate and start striving for a better life – and not just for herself.
“There’s Still Tomorrow” opened the Rome fest on Wed. after recently world premiering at the Haifa Film Festival.
Following its Haifa bow, Vision Distribution International has sold the film to: Bteam for Spain; Limelight for Australia and New Zealand; Arti Film for Benelux; Pandora for Brazil; Folkets Bio for Sweden; Sorpasso for Portugal; MFD for Switzerland; Mozinet for Hungary; Swallow Wings for Taiwan; Beta Film for Bulgaria; and LEV/SHANI Israel with further deals currently in negotiation.
“There’s Still Tomorrow” is an Italian coproduction between Wildside, a Fremantle Company, and Vision Distribution, a Sky Company, and will be released in Italian cinemas by Vision Distribution on October 26.