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Tenderness

Estranged from his family, a cynical widower grows close to his new neighbours in Gianni Amelio’s beautifully shot drama Tenderness, featuring festival ambassador Greta Scacchi (Looking for Alibrandi). Loosely based on Lorenzo Moreno’s award-winning novel The Temptation to Be Happy, this moving drama sees two domestic tragedies fold into one.

In post-WWII Naples, retired lawyer and proud native Bentivoglio (an award-winning performance by Renato Carpentieri) lives alone in a palazzo, at arm’s length from his adult children. The old man grows close to Elena (Micaela Ramazzotti, Like Crazy LIFF16), a new neighbour from the North, and befriends her husband, Fabio (Elio Germani, Suburra), as well. When a deadly blow sweeps both households away, Bentivoglio's daughter reaches out in the midst of the devastation, offering him a way back home to his family.

An acclaimed filmmaker, Amelio won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes Film Festival with The Stolen Children (1992), and was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language feature with Open Doors (1990). With Tenderness, Amelio is at his best as he returns to relationship dramas.

Director
Gianni Amelio
Cast
Renato Carpentieri, Micaela Ramazzotti, Elio Germano, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Greta Scacchi
Italian with English Subtitles | 2017 | 107 mins | Drama
15+ (exemption)
It is a pleasure to watch Italy's top technicians at work.
The Hollywood Reporter
Gianni Amelio
Director: Gianni Amelio

Gianni Amelio was born on January 20, 1945 in Magisano, Calabria, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Stolen Children (1992), Lamerica (1994) and The Keys to the House (2004). He has previously served on the Cannes Film Festival Jury and has been the director of the Torino Film Festival.

Accolades
WINNER
Best Film, Best Director, Nastri d’Argento Awards 2017
WINNER
Best Actor (Renato Carpentieri), Golden Globes Italy 2017
WINNER
Best Actor (Renato Carpentieri), Best Director, Golden Ciak Awards 2017
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