THE WHITE SPACE
(LO SPAZIO BIANCO)
Saturday, September 25 @ 5:30pm
Sunday, September 26 @ 12:45pm
Director: Francesca Comencini
Cast: Margherita Buy, Gaetano Bruno, Giovanni Ludeno, Antonio Truppo, Guido Caprino, Salvatore Cantalupo and others
Italy, 2009, 96 mins.
Maria (Buy) is a woman cast adrift by life. She dances alone at a club surrounded by revelers 20 years younger than she is. She ekes out a living in Naples by teaching adult literacy classes, which need to be constantly relocated. Barely able to care for herself, she's astonished to find herself pregnant after a brief fling. When she gives birth to a premature baby, Maria feels as though her life has been put on hold. As her tiny daughter fights for life in an incubator, Maria struggles with her own trying to find a way to fill the white space with purpose and hope. Margherita Buy powers this drama with a bravura performance which earned her a Pasinetti Award at the Venice Film Festival, where THE WHITE SPACE won a total of five awards.