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Mia Madre

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Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant. Mia Madre premiered in the Main Competition of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won Ecumenical Jury prize while Margherita Buy received the Best Actress prize at Italy’s 2015 Donatello Awards. Characteristically self-reflexive and autobiographical, Moretti’s latest speaks to the poignancy of human transience, how we process loss and how we gain strength through humor.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"Beautifully observed and delicately balanced...this is Moretti at his interpersonal best; intimate, empathetic and intensely humane."

Mark Kermode

The Guardian

"Carefully measured and satisfying...the film emerges as a deeply affecting reflection on solitude."

Ela Bittencourt

Slant Magazine

"Fascinating...a rich and incredibly detailed world."

Oliver Lyttelton

The Playlist

Winner - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Cannes Film Festival

Opening Night Selection - Chicago International Film Festival

Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival

Official Selection - New York Film Festival

Cast & Crew
  • Margherita : Margherita Buy
  • Barry Huggins : John Turturro
  • Ada : Giulia Lazzarini
  • Giovanni : Nanni Moretti
  • Livia : Beatrice Mancini
  • Federico : Stefano Abbati
  • Vittorio : Enrico Ianniello
  • Actress : Anna Bellato
  • Producer : Tony Laudadio
  • Interpreter : Lorenzo Gioielli
  • Assistant Director : Pietro
  • Secretary : Tatiana Lepore
  • Doctor : Monica Samassa
  • Nurse : Vanessa Scalera
  • Employee : Davide Iacopini
  • Former Student : Rossana Mortara
  • Director : Nanni Moretti
  • Screenplay : Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Valia Santella
  • Producer : Nanni Moretti, Domenico Procacci
  • Cinematography : Arnaldo Catinari
  • Editor : Clelio Benevento
  • Production Design : Paola Bizzarri
  • Costume Designer : Valentine Taviani
  • Sound : Alessandro Zanon
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2016
  • Release Date : August 26, 2016
  • Countries of Production : France, Italy, Germany
  • Languages : French, Italian, English
  • Running Time : 107 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : Dolby 5.1
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : R (For Language)
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Making of Documentary

John Turturro as Barry Huggins

Deleted Scenes

“The Torture of an Actor” Outtakes