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Federico Bondi
Italy 2019 / 94’
Beats Good Girls

Dafne is an energetic and self-confident young woman. Born with Down’s syndrome, she lives with her parents, but she seems to be the driving force of the family. In addition, she is in complete control of her own life: she is independent, she has a job, she chooses her friends and her entertainment, she knows who to flirt with and how to do it with subtlety. Following the sudden death of her mother, however, she has to confront her loss, along with her father’s depression and the challenges posed by this traumatic situation. So she takes her father on a journey that will be a farewell, a catharsis and a new beginning all in one. Federico Bondi focuses his calm, reserved story around Dafne—it is her character that creates the atmosphere and sets the temperature. Her extraordinary self-awareness, attentiveness, insight and sense of humor shatter the film’s apparent simplicity—a film that, while never falling into banal cliché and sentimentality, is transformed from a modest story into a commentary on the value of life and the meaning of loss.

Karolina Kosińska


Berlin IFF 2019 – FIPRESCI Prize

Federico Bondi

Born in 1975, Federico Bondi is a director and screenwriter living in Florence, where he studied literature and philosophy. His full-length feature debut, Mar Nero, won two awards at the Locarno Festival. In addition to feature films, he also directs documentaries and commercials.


1998 Ora d’aria (short)

2002 Soste Japan (doc.)

2008 Morze Czarne / Mar nero / Black Sea

2013 Educazione affettiva (doc.)

2019 Dafne

Cast & Crew

director Federico Bondi
screenplay Federico Bondi
cinematography Piero Basso
editing Stefano Cravero
music Saverio Lanza
cast Carolina Raspanti, Antonio Piovanelli, Stefania Casini
producer Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa
production Vivo Film, Rai Cinema
sales Rai Com
language Italian
colouration colour