The Rome Film Festival officially kicks off today and it does so with an Italian film and above all with a fine directorial debut, that of Paola Cortellesi with his “There’s still tomorrow”. A story written together with Giulia Calenda and Furio Andreotti and set in popular Rome in the second half of the 40s, in black and white, reminiscent of our cinema of those years. Produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa for Wildside and Vision Distribution (which will bring it to theaters from 26 October), There’s still tomorrow stars, as well as Cortellesi herself, also Valerio Mastandrea, Emanuela Fanelli, Giorgio Colangeli, Vinicio Marchioni, Francesco Centorame, Paola Tiziana Cruciani, Yonv Joseph, Alessia Barela, Federico Tocci, Priscilla Micol Marino, Mariachiara Orti, Silvia Salvatori, Mattia Baldo , Gianmarco Filippini and Lele Vannoli.
A comedy that addresses important themes (and very relevant even today) such as women’s rights, Italian patriarchal society, the different economic treatment between men and women, resignation. But everything is treated in an almost light-hearted manner, with grotesque elements and also providing laughter (often bitter). What remains is, as Cortellesi herself says, ultimately “a love story, that of a mother for her daughter and vice versa. Not a romantic love, but a mother daughter love that knows how to be eternal.” And you say about your first film as director: “There’s nothing I would change and so if you don’t like something, I like it.”
The protagonist of the film is a very good Valerio Mastandrea who wanted to praise Cortellesi’s first direction: “Paola is a scoundrel who however knows how to convey a very strong message in a very original way. She is someone who can make very broad films, but always unique”.
The plot of the movie
The protagonist of the film is Delia (Paola Cortellesi), Ivano’s wife and mother of three children. Wife and mother are the roles that define her and that is enough for her. We are in the second half of the 1940s and this ordinary family lives in a Rome divided between the positive push of liberation and the miseries of the recent war.
Ivano (Valerio Mastandrea) is the supreme leader and owner of the family, he works hard to bring the little money home and never misses an opportunity to underline it, sometimes with contemptuous tones, other times, directly with the belt. He only has respect for his scoundrel father, Sor Ottorino (Giorgio Colangeli), a spiteful and despotic old man for whom Delia is to all intents and purposes the carer. Delia’s only relief is her friend Marisa (Emanuela Fanelli), with whom she shares moments of lightness and some intimate confidences. It’s spring and the whole family is excited about the imminent engagement of their beloved eldest daughter Marcella (Romana Maggiora Vergano), who, for her part, only hopes to get married quickly to a good boy from the middle class, Giulio (Francesco Centorame). , and finally get rid of that embarrassing family.
Delia doesn’t ask for anything else either, she accepts the life she has been given and a good marriage for her daughter is all she aspires to. The arrival of a mysterious letter, however, will ignite the courage to overturn the pre-established plans and imagine a better future, not just for her.
The trailer of the film