Archive of films Fortunata / Fortunata

2017, 103 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2017

Fortunata, a hairdresser from the outskirts of Rome and single mother devoted to her daughter, is determined to quit her arduous job traipsing round to the homes of her female clients so that she may fulfil her dream of opening up her own salon. An affecting melodrama awarded recently at this year’s Cannes festival.


Italian cinema has never wanted for charismatic female characters grappling with whatever fate throws at them, indelibly brought to life by iconic actresses. And iconic certainly applies to Jasmine Trinca, a star of contemporary Italian film whose light shines more brightly with every passing year. She plays Fortunata, a single mother devoted to her daughter who dresses hair on the outskirts of Rome. She is determined to quit her arduous job traipsing round to the homes of female clients and to fulfil her dream of opening up her own salon. This vibrant young woman, who, with an impressive show of dignity, values her personal freedom more than anything, has three men on her horizon, each irreversibly influencing her life in different ways. Well-aligned creative duo Sergio Castellitto (direction) and Margaret Mazzantini (story and screenplay) presented their latest full-blooded melodrama all’italiana at the recent festival in Cannes, where Un Certain Regard jury acknowledged Jasmine Trinca’s performance with the Best Actress award.

Karel Och

About the director

Sergio Castellitto (b. 1953, Rome), one of Italy’s most respected actors, graduated from Rome’s Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico in 1978. He became extremely popular on the stage and the big screen playing both comedy and character roles. As a member of Teatro di Genova he performed in several productions by Czech director Otomar Krejča (such as Three Sisters and Miss Julie). During his career he has worked in front of the camera with the likes of directors Ettore Scola (The Family, 1986), Luc Besson (The Big Blue, 1988), Marco Ferreri (The Flesh, 1991), Giuseppe Tornatore (The Star Maker, 1994), Jacques Rivette (Who Knows?, 2001) and Marco Bellocchio (My Mother’s Smile, 2001). He is also an established film director and screenwriter (e.g. Libero burro, 1999; Don’t Move, 2004; Twice Born, 2012; and You Can’t Save Yourself Alone, 2015).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Sergio Castellitto
Screenplay: Margaret Mazzantini 
Dir. of Photography: Gianfilippo Corticelli
Music: Arturo Annecchino
Editor: Chiara Vullo
Art Director: Luca Merlini
Producer: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Viola Prestieri, Carlotta Calori
Production: Indigo Film
Coproduction: HT FILM
Cast: Jasmine Trinca, Stefano Accorsi, Alessandro Borghi
Sales: True Colours


Jasmine Trinca



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