Nearly 10 years after her second feature as a director, “The Heart Is Deceitful,” Italian actress-turned-director Asia Argento — who also happens to be the daughter of Italian cinema’s giallo master Dario Argento — finally returns to the director’s chair for a second time with her new film, “Incompresa.”
Despite missing subtitles, the film’s newly released trailer is captivating nonetheless. As The Playlist notes, “Incompresa,” which translates to “Misunderstood” in English, appears to be a semi-autobiographical account of what it is like to grow up surrounded by fame and excess. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Gabriel Garko star as the famous parents of a young girl played by newcomer Giulia Salerno.
Given the vibrant color scheme, baroque costuming and decadent lifestyle of the characters, Argento seems to share the same aesthetic and thematic preoccupations as her directing contemporary Sofia Coppola — which doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the fact that they worked together on Coppola’s hyper-stylized “Marie Antoinette” biopic back in 2006.
“Incompresa” will screen as part of the Un Certain Regard program at Cannes this year.