The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will return Nov. 3-13, 2016. Below is information regarding the 2015 festival.

Montedoro

Italy, 2014, 88 min., Italian

Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 12 at 2:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 15 at 9:30pm

A moving story about the pursuit of a lost heritage, “Montedoro” is based on lead actress Pia Marie Mann’s true story. When a middle-aged American woman (Mann) unexpectedly discovers her actual origins after her adoptive parents die, she goes in search of the birth mother she’s never known. Traveling to Montedoro, a remote town in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, she finds an apocalyptic scene on arrival: The village, resting on a majestic hill, is completely abandoned. A chance meeting with villagers who had never wanted to leave their home sends the woman on a magical voyage through time and memory, and she reconnects with her unknown past, her family story, and her ancient and mysterious birthplace -- an extinct community that comes to life one last time. The website I Love Italian Movies offers particular praise to director Antonello Faretta, who “takes a seemingly very specific circumstance of one woman’s story and makes it wondrously universal, urging us all to look to our own roots to understand who we really are.”

Directed by

Antonello Faretta

Country

Italy

Film Category

J. Kim & Sharon Tucci Italian Focus International Spotlight

Subject

Adoption

Genre

Drama

Lead actress Pia Marie Mann will attend.