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Ajyal Film Festival 2019

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Mia madre

Special Screening

Nanni Moretti / Feature Narrative / Italy, France / 2015 / 106 min / Colour / DCP2K
In English, Italian / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Family
MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


  • Mon, Nov 30, 09:00 PM, Katara Building 16, Opera House (K16-OH)
    Tickets sales closed
  • Sat, Dec 5, 09:15 PM, Katara Building 12, Theatre B (K12-B)
    Tickets sales closed


Margherita (the charismatic Margherita Buy) is having a rough time. The celebrated film director has recently split up with her actor boyfriend; the movie she is shooting is running into trouble (largely thanks to a demanding Hollywood actor hilariously played by John Turturro); and hanging over all of this is the fact that her elderly mother (Giulia Lazzarini), a retired professor of classical literature, is dying. Usually cool and collected – perhaps to a fault – Margherita now finds herself overwhelmed and verging on a breakdown as she rushes between her increasingly chaotic set and the sobering hospital bedside of her ailing mother who has developed a special bond with her granddaughter, Livia, played gracefully by Beatrice Mancini. Not helping matters is Margherita’s complicated relationship with her brother (played by director Nanni Moretti himself), which she is forced to come to terms with as the inevitable family tragedy looms.

Exploring the tensions between professional life and familial duty, ‘My Mother’ has the makings of a heartbreaking tale, but Moretti, as always, derives a warm and witty family drama that is inflected with moments of finely tuned comedy.


Nanni Moretti
Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Valia Santella
Nanni Moretti, Domenico Procacci
Clelio Benevento
Arnaldo Catinari
Sales Company
Films Distribution
Production Company
Sacher Film
MC Distribution
Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, Beatrice Mancini

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