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LIFF19 The Vice of Hope

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Following his acclaimed neo-gothic fairytale Indivisible (LIFF17), director Edoardo De Angelis’ powerful and award-winning new drama portrays a woman desperately striving to escape a life of vice and criminality.

In a town on the far outskirts of Naples, trash-scarred beaches are the haunts of prostitutes, drug traffickers and hustlers. It’s in this drizzly, neon-lit hell we find Maria (an arresting Pina Turco, Gomorrah TV Series), a woman who lives without dreams or desires, haunted by memories from her past. She spends her days inextricably caught up in the child trafficking business, ferrying pregnant women across the river, leading them and their unborn children to their fate. When a twist of fate comes knocking, Maria is delivered a fragile miracle that will force the hand of change in her life.

Set in Caserta, north of Naples, and with dialogue largely in dialect, De Angelis once again creates an incredible sense of place and conveys the most desperate of realities in this this evocative and emotionally charged story of conviction and renewal.


WINNER: Best Supporting Actress, David di Donatello Awards 2019
WINNER: Best Supporting Actress, Best Score, Golden Ciak Awards 2019
WINNER: Best Actress, Best Director, Tokyo International Film Festival 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Toronto International Film Festival, 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION: BFI London Film Festival, 2018
WINNER: Best Original Song, Best Set Design, Best Supporting Actress, Nastri d’Argento Awards, 2019


"A portrait of the female condition in the world of the Camorra."


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Release date

Tuesday 17th September


96 min




Pina Turco, Massimiliano Rossi, Marina Confalone


Edoardo De Angelis


Film Festival


Italian with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso