Funne – Sea Dreaming Girls

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One day, in the tiny Italian mountain village of Daone, a group of gregarious grannies led by chain-smoking, forthright Erminia, quietly lovely Jolanda, and wry pragmatist Armida begin planning a trip in honor of their Rododendro club’s 20th anniversary. They quickly agree on a trip to the sea, where many of their dearest members have never ventured. Ever. But how will they raise enough money so that everyone can wiggle their toes in the surf? Director Katia Bernardi joyfully captures this whimsical tale of women on the verge of a grand adventure—underscoring that dreams never age and age must never restrict dreaming. Think Calendar Girls with an Italian-cinema sensibility (substituting sturdy British humor with a bit of pink neorealism). The pithy narration, plucky score, and cast of charming characters—including Massimo, the youngish, attractive metropolitan photographer; a gaggle of firefighters; and one ridiculously cute nerdy grandson—emphasize the film’s fairy-tale quality as the grannies realize their dreams and more. WFM

Director

Katia Bernardi

Producers

Alessandro Carroli, Luigi Pepe, Vanja Jambrovic, Katia Bernardi

Editor

Diego Volpi

Cinematographers

Nicola Cattani, Sebastiano Luca Insinga, Simone Cargnoni

Original Title

Funne - Le ragazze che sognavano il mare

Release Year

2016

Festival Year

2017

Country

Italy, Croatia

Run Time

77 minutes

Subtitled

Yes

Premiere

North American Premiere