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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, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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