The Cannes Film Festival comes and goes every year, and for many movies it seems like they just appear and disappear on the Croisette. It requires a bit of patience from arthouse fans for some of the acclaimed but not necessarily starry pictures to arrive, but thankfully Alice Rohrwacher‘s “The Wonders” is now on the way, and a new trailer has arrived.
Taking the Grand Prix at Cannes last year, the film features Monica Bellucci, but centers on four siblings and the one summer that changed all of their lives. Here’s the official synopsis:
At twelve years of age Gelsomina runs her unconventional Italian family with her three younger sisters working under her watchful eye. Together they keep the bees and make the honey on their father’s farm oblivious to the world outside of their own.
Whilst all around them the countryside is being burnt up by pesticides and rural life is falling apart, a TV show competition arrives from the city offering a cash prize and a luxury cruise for a family that can prove it’s the most traditionally Italian.
Gelsomina wants to participate in the contest but her father is too consumed with the new farm laws and in getting his honey lab up to standard to consider his daughter’s dream. They work tirelessly to expand the bee colonies and even take on help – a delinquent German boy from a youth rehabilitation exchange program. But the tension mounts between her father and the boy and soon nothing will be the same for Gelsomina and her family.
The themes may be somewhat familiar, but as our review from Cannes notes, “it’s clearly an admirably personal piece of work.” “The Wonders” opens in the U.K. on July 17th and will be released stateside via Oscilloscope Laboratories.