Laura was in town presenting her first feature film, Vergine Giurata, at the Tribeca Film Festival (where the movie won the Nora Ephron Award). I couldn’t see it at that time because I was working but Laura promised me to let me know when the film would have been presented in France.
She kept her promise and a couple of weeks ago she invited me to the avant-première of Vierge Sous Serment, which is out today in Paris cinemas.
|UGC Les Halles - Laura Bispuri and team from Vergine Giurata|
|Lila (Flonja Kodheli) and Hana/Mark (Alba Rohrwacher)|
Well, this is a problem that Laura doesn’t have AT ALL: for her breakthrough on the big screen, she has opted for a very tough story, full of potential tricky issues that many famous film-makers would have been afraid to approach. I can’t say I know Laura well, but what it is clear, speaking to her even for few minutes, it’s how much she loves this story, how much she cares about it, how much she’s ready to do to defend her vision and her ideas. And this is so refreshing! And this is what I personally love in cinema and in people making a certain kind of cinema.
|Hana/Mark (Alba Rohrwacher) and Bernhard (Lars Eidinger)|
So, dear Parisian friends, if you want to see a very original and challenging first movie, made by a very talented Italian film-maker, get out, see the film and spread the word: let’s help good cinema to become popular. It's about time!