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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #98. Ivano De Matteo’s La vita possibile

La vita possibile

Director: Ivano De Matteo
Writer: Valentina Ferlan

Italian actor turned director Ivano De Matteo continues to solidify his prolific reputation following the critical acclaim of his last film, 2014’s The Dinner (which bears a striking resemblance to Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital). While that title was headlined by Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Alessandro Gassman, the young director nabs two more of Italy’s most renowned performers, Marherita Buy and Valeria Golina for his next project, La vita possibile (The Possible Life), a Franco/Italian co-production. The plot concerns a mother and son fleeing the clutches of an abusive man as they try to make a better life for themselves.

Cast: Margherita Buy, Valeria Golino, Bruno Todeschini, Andrea Pittorino

Production Co./Producers: Marco Poccioni, Marco Valsania

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic/international).

Release Date: With his last title premiering out of Venice, we’re wondering if this might be reserved for the Lido seeing as the project has been recognized as ‘being of cultural interest’ and backed by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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