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by Michael Winterbottom


Joe is an Englishman raising his family in the United States. One day as his wife is driving their daughters home, she becomes momentarily distracted. Disaster strikes. Left in a fog of grief, Joe decides to accept a position teaching in Italy. He hopes the change of setting will help to pull both him and his daughters from the limbo of their bereavement. Like many teenagers, Kelly is sullen at home. In Europe, however, she is suddenly awakened to new possibilities, and strikes up a secret romance with an Italian boy. Her younger sister Mary feels the death of their mother most acutely; in fact, the tragedy may have followed them to Italy. As he tries to keep a handle on his daughters, Joe navigates the new demands of an old friendship with a university colleague. Meanwhile, the family is surrounded by Genova's gorgeous jumble of medieval, Renaissance and contemporary influences.

international title: Genova
original title: Genova
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: HanWay Films
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Michael Winterbottom
film run: 94'
release date: UK 27/03/2009, FR 15/04/2009, ES 08/05/2009, PT 11/06/2009, PL 12/16/2009, NL 09/07/2009, BE 16/09/2009
screenplay: Laurence Coriat, Michael Winterbottom
cast: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis
cinematography by: Marcel Zyskind
film editing: Paul Monaghan, Michael Winterbottom
art director: Mark Digby
costumes designer: Celia Yau
music: Melissa Parmenter
producer: Andrew Eaton
production: Revolution Films, Film4
distributor: Metrodome Distribution, Officine UBU, Diaphana Films (FR), Wanda Visión (ES), A-film Distribution (NL)
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