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The Wonders

Alice Rohrwacher
Le meraviglie
Italy 2014 / 110’

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.

Anna Tatarska


Cannes IFF 2014 - Grand Prize of the Jury; 2014 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Guglielmo Biraghi Award - Special Mention for Maria Alexandra Lungu

Alice Rohrwacher

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.


2006 Checosamanca

2011 Corpo celeste / Heavenly Body

2013 Cuda / Le meraviglie / The Wonders

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Cast & Crew

director Alice Rohrwacher
screenplay Alice Rohrwacher
cinematography Helene Louvart
editing Marco Spoletini
music Piero Crucitti
cast Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Monica Bellucci, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Agnese Graziani, Luis Huilca Lograno, Eva Morrow, Maris Stella Morrow
producer Carlo Cresto-Dina, Karl Baumgartner, Tiziana Soudani, Michael Weber
production Tempesta with Rai Cinema in association with Amka Films Productions, Pola Pandora Filmproduktion, RSI, SRG SSR, ZDF, Arte
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language Italian, German, French
colouration colour