Giovanna's Father
GIOVANNA’S FATHER
(Il papa  di Giovanna)

Prolific writer/director Pupi Avati’s compelling and emotional new drama tells the story of a protective father besotted by his daughter who he treats like a princess, only to discover she’s not the shy girl he thought.

Bologna, 1938. Michele Casali (Silvio Orlando, The Caiman-IFF06) is an artist and a teacher at his teenage daughter Giovanna’s (Alba Rohrwacher, Riprendimi – IFF08) school. Giovanna is a shy and insecure teenage girl who doesn’t fit in at school, so her father does his best to help her - even by using the little authority he has as a teacher to favour a handsome male student (Antonio Pisu) only because he’s the first boy to pay Giovanna any attention.

Avati’s handsomely produced new film is marked by tremendous performances: Silvio Orlando was awarded Best Actor at Venice for his moving and emotionally charged turn; Rohrwacher received the Best Actress Award at this year’s David di Donatello's, whilst Francesca Neri and Ezio Greggio bring great dignity to their supporting roles.
  WINNER
LITTLE GOLD LION (PUPI AVATI)
VOLPI CUP BEST ACTOR
BEST MALE ACTOR
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2008

WINNER BEST ACTRESS
DAVID DI DONATELLO 2009

WINNER
BEST UPCOMING ACTRESS
ITALIAN GOLDEN GLOBES 2009

WINNER
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
NASTRI D’ARGENTO AWARDS 09



Director: Pupi Avati

Cast: Silvio Orlando,
Francesca Neri, Ezio Greggio,
Alba Caterina Rohrwacher.

Italian with English subtitles

2008 | 104' | HDCAM SR