Breaking Glass Pictures will release Nostalgia, Italy’s official entry to the 95th Academy Awards and Cannes competition drama starring Pierfrancesco Favino (The Traitor) alongside Francesco Di Leva, Tommaso Ragno, Aurora Quattrocchi, and Sofia Essaidi.
The film world premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palm d’Or, and was shortlisted at the European Film Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay. It also took multiple accolades during the 2022 Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) Awards including Best Director for Martone and Best Actor for Favino. The film will play the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January.
Directed by Mario Martone (Qui rido io, L’amore molesto), Nostalgia will open theatrically in New York on January 20, and on VOD, digital on February 21.
Based on the novel by Ermanno Rea, Nostalgia stars Pierfrancesco Favino (The Traitor) as the middle-aged Felice Lasco, who returns to the bustling Naples after having lived in Egypt for 40 years. Once back, he is caught up in memories of a distant life spent in his hometown, as his criminal youth slowly catches up with him. Alongside Favino, the film stars Francesco Di Leva, Tommaso Ragno, Aurora Quattrocchi, and Sofia Essaidi.
“Nostalgia takes place in a neighborhood of Naples, but the humanity of the characters and their stories are universal”, said Martone. “Everyone remembers the smells and the flavors of our adolescence, everyone regrets to have lost them, we all know that sense of guilt towards our parents getting older and older, and everyone remembers those friends, for whom we felt a certain kind of love, that faded away with the time passing. And we all know our hometowns, the cities we come from and in which, together with the beauty of their nature, culture and of the wealthier areas, can coexist social issues, rage, abuse of power.”
“I am very happy that Nostalgia will have distribution in the US with Breaking Glass Pictures”, said Martone. “There are American films which were crucial for the development of my career as a director. I am sure this film will meet up with a world to which, in part, it already belongs.”
Watch the official trailer for Nostalgia.