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Film in Pictures: Sergio Castellitto’s Twice Born

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Film in Pictures: Sergio Castellitto’s Twice Born

I couldn’t help but cringe at the notion of a reunion project between director Sergio Castellitto (see final pic below) and muse Penelope Cruz – but then again, anything can top the dismal, 2004 relationship drama Don’t Move. Expectations are indeed low for Twice Born – as it appears to be a big reveal in the final 15 minutes type of flashback-forward sort of drama, but it has got Emile Hirsch and Cruz going for it.

I couldn’t help but cringe at the notion of a reunion project between director Sergio Castellitto (see final pic below) and muse Penelope Cruz – but then again, anything can top the dismal, 2004 relationship drama Don’t Move. Expectations are indeed low for Twice Born – as it appears to be a big reveal in the final 15 minutes type of flashback-forward sort of drama, but it has got Emile Hirsch and Cruz going for it. Not sure if this has a better chance at being on the Lido, but this Euro-centric film focuses on Gemma (Cruz) leaves her comfortable apartment in Rome to visit Sarajevo with her son, Pietro. An exhibit commemorating the siege will include photographs by Pietro’s father, Diego (Hirsch). Sixteen years earlier, Gemma escaped the war-torn city with Pietro while Diego remained behind and later died. As she uses the visit to repair her difficult relationship with Pietro, she also confronts her past.

Sergio Castellitto Emile Hirsch Penelope Cruz Twice Born

Sergio Castellitto Emile Hirsch Penelope Cruz Twice Born

Sergio Castellitto Emile Hirsch Penelope Cruz Twice Born

Sergio Castellitto Emile Hirsch Penelope Cruz Twice Born

Sergio Castellitto Emile Hirsch Penelope Cruz Twice Born

Sergio Castellitto Emile Hirsch Penelope Cruz Twice Born

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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