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Carolina Cavalli’s AMANDA premieres at Venice Film Festival and internationally at TIFF

All at The Agency would like to pass on their congratulations to TALL client Carolina Cavalli whose debut feature AMANDA is screening this week at the 79th Venice Film Festival. AMANDA is also edited by TALL client Babak Jalaly.

Described by Variety, “as reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s early work” Carolina’s Italian cool, quirky feature starts Benedetta Porcaroli (of Netflix’s BABY fame), Italian heavy-weight Giovanna Mezzogiorno, and Italian X-Factor winner Michele Bravi.

The film centers on Amanda, 24, who lives mostly isolated and has never had any friends, even if it’s the thing she wants the most. When she discovers that as toddlers her and Rebecca used to spend a lot of time together, Amanda chooses her new mission: to convince her that they are still best friends.

In her director’s statement, Carolina says:

“I noticed that the film often yearns for the melancholy, ironic and understated; these three together, in fact, are characteristics that I greatly admire. It’s clear that imagination has limits when it needs to be represented: reality, one’s own abilities. However, I have never pandered to these problems, and I am happy about that. Indeed, I don’t have a great relationship with time or geography, even when not explicit, and in the same way, all the characters in ‘Amanda’ are also always ahead of time and have no sense of direction. Given the choice, I feel more comfortable working with light that doesn’t really reveal what time it is, and with non-places.”

In 2017, Carolina won the San Francisco Film Society Rainin Filmmaking Grant as co-screenplay writer for the film FREMONT, directed by TALL client Babak Jalali. This is currently in post-production.

In 2018, she won the Solinas Experimenta Serie award and shot the pilot Mi HANNO SPUTATO NEL MILKSHAKE for Rai Fiction, Solinas Award and Tapeless Film as writer and co-director.

Since 2018, she has been working as a staff writer and co-screenplay writer for TV series and independent feature films, supported by Mibact, MEDIA/Creative Europe Grant, and the Rai Cinema Development Fund.

In the autumn, she will release her first novel, “Metropolitania,” with Fandango.

Variety shared an exclusive clip of the film which can be viewed here.

Carolina Cavalli and Babak Jalali are represented by Hannah Boulton at The Agency (London) Ltd