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The Italian family drama “The Ties” from the CineLibri 2020 competition programme will be released in Sofia and other Bulgarian cities on February 19. After opening last year’s edition of the Venice Film Festival, the film won the CineLibri audience with impeccable casting, exciting music, masterful directing and a brilliant script, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Domenico Starnone!

The Ties (Italy 2020), original title: LACCI, 100 min., drama directed by Daniele Luchetti. The main roles are entrusted to: Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio, Laura Morante, Silvio Orlando, Adriano Giannini, Francesca De Sapio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno. The film is not recommended for persons aged under 12 years.

Domenico Starnone is a skilled stylist and narrator, winner of the most prestigious literary award in Italy – “Strega”. It’s no coincidence that The Ties won The Bridge Award for Best Novel of 2015. True to his sense of human relationships, Starnone has created a finely nuanced, dynamic, life-affirming account of a family, the vagaries of love, and the unpredictable consequences of some of our actions.

It is a dramatic story of a marriage-in-crisis set in Naples and Rome over a long period starting in the 1980s. Like many other marriages, this one has been subject to tensions and difficulties. The rupture in Vanda and Aldo’s relationship is a thing of the past, but if you look closely enough, the fault lines are obvious. Their marriage is a cracked vase that can break at the slightest touch. Or maybe it has already fallen apart, but no one is ready to admit it?

Midway through “The Ties,” a long-absent father and his estranged young son realize they have an unlikely thing in common: they both tie their shoes in an unconventional way that draws light mockery from others. The boy must have learned it from his dad, though neither can remember when; now, as they scarcely know each other anymore, it’s the one literal tie that binds them. In its best moments, Luchetti’s film proves not only the Tolstoy maxim about every unhappy family being unhappy in its own way, but that the members of such families are unlikely even to agree on the nature of their discontent.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3zRqkCEnhM

From February 19, 2021, “The Ties” will be part of the program of all art cinemas in the Bulgarian capital, incl. G-8 Cultural Center, Cinema House, Odeon Cinema, Vlaykova Cinema, Euro Cinema, as well as in Arena Cinema, Cine Grand Park Center Sofia, Cine Grand Sofia Ring Mall, Varna, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo.

A Made in Italy project with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities MiBAC, in collaboration with Istituto Luce Cinecittà.