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  Andrea Pallaoro

  United States, Italy     113 minutes


cineMonica is the intimate portrait of a woman who returns home to the Midwest for the first time in 20 years to care for her dying mother. Uncertain if her mother will recognize her, Monica moves into her childhood home, hoping to heal the wounds of the past and forge a new path of forgiveness and acceptance. Exploring the universal thematic dichotomies of aging and beauty, rejection and alienation, the film details Monica’s world and state of mind—the pain and fear, the needs and desires—of a woman whose journey ultimately illuminates the human condition. With a gentle grace and guardedness that veils a history of hurt, Trace Lysette (Transparent) shines as Monica, complemented by Patricia Clarkson’s frail mother fiercely facing death.

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Film Credits

  •   Gina Resnick PGA, Christina Dow, Eleonora Granata Jenkinson, Andrea Pallaoro
  •   Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado
  •   Paola Freddi
  •   Andrew Clark
  •   Katelin Arizmendi
  •   Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Browning, Joshua Close, Adriana Barraza
  •   Mirko Perri
  •   Lina Cardillo
  •   Trace Lysette, Andrei Epifanov, David Schwarz, Steve Stanulis, Joana Henning, Stephanie Castagnier Dunn, Anthony Burns, Amy Gilliam, Eric Schnedecker, Eric Cook, Matteo Jenkinson, Brian O'Shea, Nat McCormick
  •   Varient Entertainment, Solo Five Production, Melograno Films


International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Cultural Support

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