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IFF20 The Big Step

18+ 96 MIN
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A bittersweet comedic drama, The Big Step sees Giuseppe Battiston (Perfect Strangers, IFF16) and Stefano Fresi (I Can Quit Whenever I Want 3, IFF18) star for the first time together on screen.
When he was six years old, Dario Cavalieri (Giuseppe Battiston) watched the live television broadcast of the Moon landing. Ever since then, he has dreamed of going to the Moon. Meanwhile, his brother Mario (Stefano Fresi) runs a local hardware store in Rome. One day Mario’s life is turned upside down when he receives an unexpected call: his half-brother Dario has caused a fire and is now in prison. Mario realises only he can help his brother, whom he has seen only once in his life. Initially hesitant, he heads north to the Venetian countryside to come to the aid of his brother.
The two men who are physically similar, but completely different in personality, soon find themselves alone in the face of an impossible venture. Paying tribute to the wonder of American science-fiction cinema and the poetry of Italian cinema, director Antonio Padovan (The Last Prosecco, IFF18) celebrates dreamers in a stunning, melancholic film.


WINNER: Best Actor, Torino Film Festival 2019.  

NOMINATED: Best Feature Film, Torino Film Festival 2019. 


"It’s Carlo Mazzacurati meets Steven Spielberg."

- Cineuropa

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 29th September


96 min




Giuseppe Battiston, Stefano Fresi, Camilla Filippi


Antonio Padovan


Film Festival


Italian with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Palace Raine Square