Where Life Begins

Where Life Begins

Directed by: Stéphane Freiss

French with Eng Subs
Italian with Eng Subs

PLOT : Every summer, the Zelniks, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family from Aix-Le-Bains, spend a short time in southern Italy to pick cedars, fruits that, according to an ancient legend, God had scattered in this region. Hosting the large family on his estate is Elio De Angelis, a gallery owner who took over his business after the sudden death of his father. It is in this barren terrain that the encounter between Elio and Esther Zelnik, a twenty-year-old girl tired of the constraints imposed by her religion, takes place. Caught between her affection for her relatives and her desire to emancipate herself, Esther is trying to abandon orthodox doctrine. It will be precisely through her relationship with Elio that the girl will be able to understand the importance of freedom and set out on her own path, and, likewise, thanks to her, Elio will be able to find the peace he had long lost.

Stéphane Freiss. began studying history and English at the University of Paris-Nanterre, which he abandoned to study acting at the Yves Pignot course. In 1985 he graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique and then became a boarder at the Comédie-Française. After a first film with Emmanuelle Béart, Premiers désirs, he worked under the direction of Agnès Varda and Pierre Jolivet. In 1990, he played the supporting role in La Putain du roi with Timothy Dalton and then went on to make a series of comedies and dramas. In the 2000s, he alternated between cinema, theatre, which earned him several prizes at the Nuit des Molières, and television films. He is known for Munich (2005), Welcome to the Sticks (2008) and Hereafter (2010).

Length 1h 39min
Year 2022

Cast Lou De Laâge, Riccardo Scamarcio, Pierre-Henry Salfati, Astrid Meloni, Nicola Rignanese, Coraly Zahonero, Luigi Diberti, Fiorenza Tessari, Anna Sigalevitch, Natacha Krief, Jérémie Galiana, Anaël Guez, Max Huriguen, Haïm Vital Salfati, Liv Del Estal,
Distribution Vision Distribution
Production Indiana Production, BaBe Films, with the support of Apulia Film Commission

  • Sunday, July 9
    8:15 PM
    The Distillery District (Spirit Cinema)
  • Wednesday, July 19
    9:00 PM
    Parc Dante

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