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Maternity Blues

  • Screening: May 18, 2013   

This multi awarded film that received an outstanding 8.2 rating from the International Movie Data Base and a 15 minutes of standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival tells the story of four different women, linked by a common crime: infanticide. Inside a prison psychiatric hospital, they spend their time serving their sentences which is mainly internal: that feeling of guilt for an action that has wiped out their lives. From this forced co-habitation, which in turn generates suffering from one’s guilt reflected in others, friendships are born, fragmented confessions emerge and some form of partial comfort arises, which never fully consoles but which makes these women look like guilty innocents. Clara, torn by accepting the forgiveness of her husband, who has rebuilt his life in Tuscany, bears the effects of a seemingly normal existence. The passionate and straight talking Eloisa keeps having confrontations with the others but her cynicism is only skin deep. Rina, a teenage mother, committed some sort of euthanasia she cannot explain. Vincenza has two other children, on the outside, and for them she fills pages of letters which will never be sent.

Maternity Blues Italian Movie Fabrizio Cattani Andrea Osvart, Chiara Marteggiani, Marina Pennafina, Monica Barladeanu

Maternity Blues


  • Date: May 18, 2013

About the Film

  • Duration: 95
  • Genre:
  • Release: 2011
  • Stars: Andrea Osvart, Chiara Marteggiani, Marina Pennafina, Monica Barladeanu
  • Movie Writers: Fabrizio Cattani, Grazia Verasani
  • Director: Fabrizio Cattani
  • Photography: Francesco Carini
  • Producer: Fulvia Manzotti
  • Music Director: Fabrizio Pigliucci


Miami Italian Film Festival 2012: in Competition
Golden Globes 2012: Winner European Golden Globe
INSFJ 2012: Winner Guglielmo Biraghi award
Shanghai International Film Festival 2012: Focus Italy
Annecy Cinema Italien 2011: Evenement
La Biennale di Venezia 2011: Winner Lina Mangiacapre Award, Winner Special Mention, Nominated for Controcampo Italiano Prize
Reincontres du Cinema Italien a Tolouse 2011: En competition
Tirana International Film Festival 2011: Official Selection, Winner Audience Award and Best Actress, Winner Online Award
Villerupt’s Italian Film Festival 2011: in Competition