Original name: Misericordia
English name: Misericordia
Run time: 95 Min
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Director: Emma Dante
Producers: Marica Stocchi
cast: Simone Zambelli, Simona Malato, Tiziana Cuticchio, Milena Catalano, Fabrizio Ferracane, Carmine Maringola, Sandro Maria Campagna
Screenplay: Emma Dante, Elena Stancanelli, Giorgio Vasta
Cinematographer: Clarissa Cappellani
Editor: Benni Atria
Sound Designer: Benni Atria, Gianluca Costamagna, Francesca Genevois
Music Composer: Gianluca Porcu
Production Company: Rosamont And Rai Cinema
World Sales: Charades
Emma Dante is an Italian playwright and director. She is a graduate of Silvio d'Amico - the National Academy of Dramatic Art. She is among the most recognised names in contemporary dramaturgy in the world, she is most known for exploring themes of family and marginalization in her work. She has written and directed number of plays which have been showcased across the globe and won multiple accolades, and have been met with praise. She made her debut in cinema with A Street In Palermo (2013), which was screened at Venice IFF. Her second feature, The Macaluso Sisters (2020) won Pasinetti and Lizzani Prizes, and five Silver Ribbons at the Venice IFF.
Sicily. Contrada Tuono, a small seaside village with stone huts, surrounded by waste and debris. Behind it, a majestic mountain. This is where Arturo was born and where his mother died giving birth to him. Betta and Nuccia, with the help of young Anna, prostitutes like his mother was, take Arturo in and raise him as if he was their own son. Now eighteen years old, Arturo is seemingly different. He is not like other people his age. Though he looks like a man, he behaves like a child. He is unable to speak and moves in an odd way. Arturo navigates the world with a soul that is at times too pure but inspires hope and joy in the village. But like everyone else in Contrada Tuono, he must fight for survival.