L’Ombra del Giorno | The Shadow of the Day
Italian Film Festival 2023
- Wed 7 Jun 2023
- Len Lye Cinema
- Rating: M
- Face coverings optional
- General $17
- Concession $12 for seniors, students, gallery friends and community service card holders (with valid ID)
- Booking recommended
- As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
- To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked.
It’s an understated study of love and survival set during World War 2, a storyline which can be closely compared to that of Casablanca.
The Shadow of the Day is a delicate, romantic drama set in the 1930s among the Renaissance
buildings of Ascoli Piceno. We are invited into the world of restauranteur and WW1 veteran
Luciano, who manages his elegant establishment in changing times.
His ambivalence to the growing Fascist power is a wilful denial and reaction to his wartime
experiences. Luciano wants to remain separate from the world outside his beautifully adorned
window until the day he employs Anna (played assuredly by the promising Benedetta Porcaroli).
Her presence elevates the atmosphere in the restaurant, and their attraction becomes undeniable. But Anna harbours dark secrets. Soon Luciano and Anna are challenged by both the political foment outside and their internal romantic struggle. Every detail of this film is
thoughtfully refined, restrained and faithful to the artistic sensibilities and style of the era.
It felt like a novel and resonated with themes that are just as relevant today.
- Paolo Rotondo
Awards / Premi
Nominated / Best Production Design, Nastri d’Argento Awards 2022
Official Selection / Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Festival 2022
“Beautifully executed in its brutality and gentleness, this is not a film to be missed. It's mesmerising and draws you in, hook, line and sinker.”
- Jen. - Weekend Notes