Twelve-year-old Gelsomina is in charge of her domestic kingdom. She is the son that her impetuous, German-born father never had. She is charismatic and an authority figure for her younger sisters, who she looks after in order to help out her Italian mother. She handles herself perfectly around the bees that she works with every day and that provide a living for the whole family through the traditional production of honey. When a television talk show in town offers a cash prize for the biggest "village wonder," Gelso is determined to take part. However, her father, Wolfgang, despises modernity: he turned their crumbling farm into a bizarre, disconnected kingdom, a barrier against the evils of the outside world. An additional factor that disturbs their apparent family harmony is the appearance of a young boy from a resocialization program for troubled youth. Inspired by the director’s family history, this intimate film combines realism with fairytale cruelty– it is also easy to consider the film from a symbolic point of view.
Cannes IFF 2014 - Grand Prize of the Jury; 2014 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Guglielmo Biraghi Award - Special Mention for Maria Alexandra Lungu
Born in 1980 in Fiesole in Tuscany, Alice Rohrwacher comes from a family of beekeepers. Her mother was Italian and her father German. She studied Literature and Philosophy at the University of Turin before studying Screenwriting at the Holden School, also in Turin. She made her debut by directing one of the segments of the documentary film Checosamanca. Her feature-film debut, Corpo celeste, was part of the section Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the festival in Cannes, where it received an enthusiastic response from critics, while her second film, The Wonders, was selected for the main competition, where it won the Grand Prix. Alice often works with her sister, actress Alba Rohrwacher.
2011 Corpo celeste / Heavenly Body
2013 Cuda / Le meraviglie / The Wonders