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by Salvatore Mereu


3 August, Cagliari: a poor neighborhood. At three in the morning eleven-year-old Cate is woken by the screams of her eccentric neighbor. Cate wants to run away from that apartment, from her numerous and problematic siblings and her tyrannical father. Only Gigi, a neighbor, is worthy of her love. She does not want to end up like her sister Mandarina, who got pregnant at thirteen. Or like Samantha, the neighborhood sex siren. And today, on 3 August, Gigi’s life is in danger: Tonio, Cate’s brother, wants to kill him. Cate warns Luna, her best friend. The two of them spend the longest day of their lives between the city, the sea and a thousand adventures. But her beloved Gigi is in danger. And when everything seems lost, during the night a beautiful woman appears out of nowhere: the mysterious Aleni, a witch who apparently can see into people’s futures...

international title: Pretty Butterflies
original title: Bellas Mariposas
country: Italy
sales agent: Pascale Ramonda Paris
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Salvatore Mereu
film run: 101'
release date: IT 09/05/2013, NL 27/06/2013
screenplay: Salvatore Mereu, from the novel by Sergio Atzeni with the same title
cast: Sara Podda, Maya Mulas, Micaela Ramazzotti
cinematography by: Massimo Foletti
film editing: Paola Freddi
art director: Marianna Sciveres, Pietro Rais
costumes designer: Alessandro Lai
music: Train to Roots, Balentes, Antonio Castrignanò, Rosalba Piras
production: Viacolvento, RAI Cinema
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per il cinema, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna
distributor: Amstelfilm

main awards/selection

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2013 Big Screen Award
Göteborg Film Festival 2013 
Biennale di Venezia 2012 Orizzonti
CPH PIX 2013 

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