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New Italian Cinema
Australian Premiere
15+ (exemption)


Orlando (Michele Placido) is a surly farmer from a small town in Central Italy. He lost his wife years ago and now lives alone, playing the accordion at weddings and working the land. Valerio, his only child, left for Brussels twenty years ago like many other locals, which led Orlando to cut all ties with him. 

However, when an ill Valerio reaches out to his father to ask for help, Orlando feels he must oblige. For the first time in his life, he leaves the town and travels to Brussels, only to arrive too late, and discover that he has a twelve-year-old granddaughter, Lyse (magnetic newcomer Angelica Kazankova). 

The two are opposites – he a country man of few words, she a lively and determined city girl – yet, despite the obstacles, the two grow closer and come to realise that they need each other. A heartfelt and affectionate drama, Orlando is a modern fairy tale about facing the present and the choices it brings.

An affectionate encounter-clash between two generations.
2022 | 122 min | Drama | Italy, Belgium
Cast: Michele Placido, Angelica Kazankova, Fabrizio Rongione, Denis Mpunga
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Daniele Vicari


Born in 1967, director, screenwriter and producer Daniele Vicari began working as a film critic in the 1990s. He won Best New Director at the David di Donatello Awards with his debut Maximum Velocity (2002), while Diaz – Don’t Clean Up This Blood (2012) won a Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Turin Film Festival 2022
Los Angeles – Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest 2023
Best Original Story, Best Score, Nastri d’Argento Awards 2023