Dormant Beauty  [2012]
Bella Addormentata
DirectorMarco Bellocchio
CastPier Giorgio Bellocchio, Cher, Fabrizio Falco, Roberto Herlitzka, Isabelle Huppert, Brenno Placido, Michele Riondino, Alba Rohrwacher, Maya Sansa, Toni Servillo, Gian Marco Tognazzi
A drama set in different locations during the last six days of life of Eluana Englaro, a young woman who lived 17 years in a vegetative state. A mosaic of several interrelated characters questioning about the meaning of life and hope.
Italy is cleaved by Eluana Englaro’s drama, who will die after 17 years spent in a vegetative state. This national tragedy will touch and transform various characters, each of them with their own ideology and beliefs. A senator is struggling with his vote on a law he profoundly disagrees with, torn between his conscience and his loyalty towards the leaders of his party. His daughter Maria, a pro-life activist, is protesting in front of the clinic where Eluana is hospitalized. Roberto and his brother are there in opposition, demonstrating for stronger secular values — yet it is with Roberto, the “enemy” that Maria falls in love. These and other converging stories are connected by a unique emotional thread: a reflection on the meaning of life.
Italian master Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket, Good Morning, Night, Vincere) offers a multi-faceted exploration of the thorny issue of euthanasia in this response to Italy's famous Eluana Englaro controversy.
2012 Screening Schedule
“DORMANT BEAUTY” (2012 feature film directed by Marco Bellocchio)
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Runtime1:55 (115min)
CountryFrench, Italy
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