Irena is ‘unknown’, a former Ukrainian prostitute who has arrived in Northern Italy to escape from the ghosts and nightmares of the past. She finds work as a maid in a family of goldsmiths, the Adachers, and has an apartment to live in. She wins the confidence of little Tea, but suddenly the past comes back to haunt her.
The director chose Trieste fascinated by its magic, the special light and the mystery that surround the city. Shot entirely in Trieste, the location which stands out is the Assicurazioni Generali building, an interesting architectural example of nineteenth century Trieste. In the Board Room, also known as the ‘relics room’, are kept the first share, the first copy of the company Statute, along with historical insurance policies taken out by popes and other famous figures. The film won five awards at the 50th edition of the David di Donatello: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best musical score.
Massimo De Rita
Xenia Rappoport, Michele Placido, Margherita Buy, Claudia Gerini, Alessandro Haber, Angela Molina, Piera Degli Esposti, Pierfrancesco Favino