By Priya Kumar
SHE had the opportunity to attended the gala premiere of the Sergio Castellitto film "Twice Born" starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch yesterday. Here is a breakdown of the films and musings from the cast and crew:
There's really nothing like attending a Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) premiere. It offers average film-goers the A-lister experience without having to travel too far outside one's own backyard. Last night the Sergio Castellitto film "Twice Born" starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch debuted at TIFF yesterday. The basic premise of the film is that of a wartime love story. An Italian woman named Gemma (Cruz) meets Diego, a rogue American photographer in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 80s. Their relationship is eventually torn apart by the Balkans war of the early-90s that resulted in the formation of the sovereign nations as the world knows today. The history of the war and its idiosyncrasies serve as a backdrop to their tumultuous love story. Without being familiar with the war, the plot is difficult to follow at times although one thing is certain; the Yugoslav war was a horrific period for the Balkan people.
The film flashes back and from from present to past, beginning with an aged Gemma returning to Sarajevo with her grown son, Pietro (played by Castillitto's son, also named Pietro). Despite his relentless complaining about being dragged to Eastern Europe during his summer break, Pietro's role in the film proves to be the most imperative to the plot. Nothing is as it seems and by the time the credits roll, the audience is left breathless with disbelief over how the story eventually unfolds.
- Cast and Crew Left to Right: Adnan Haskovic, Saadet Aksoy, Penelope Cruz, Sergio Castellitto, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Mazzantini and Pietro Castellitto