Part of the Generation 14plus selection at the upcoming Berlinale, My Summer with Irène is the highly anticipated sophomore feature by Italian filmmaker Carlo Sironi. After breaking out with Sole (at the Venice in the Orizzonti section and Toronto Intl. Film Festival), Sironi turns back the clock setting his latest feature in Italy, 1997. The synopsis reads as such: Clara and Irène, both 17, meet at a summer camp organized by the hospital who treats them. Clara is shy while Irene is untamed – they instantly become inseparable friends. Instead of going back to their families, they decide to run away to a faraway island off the coast of Sicily to live their first summer as young women. They live carefree and dream of love, while recording on VHS their moments together and confronting their fear of the future.
The amuse-bouche clip below features Maria Camilla Brandenburg and Noée Abita (of most notably in youth portraits of Ava, Genèse and Slalom) basking in the light. This was produced by Kino Produzioni’s Giovanni Pompili along with Rai Cinema and June Films.