The Rossellinis

Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:Italy
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:European Cultures & Issues
Films & Filmmakers
Personal Histories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Alessandro Rossellini
Producer(s):Raffaele Brunetti
Writer(s):Andrea Paolo Massara
Alessandro Rossellini
Davis Simanis
Editor(s):Ilaria de Laurentiis
Cinematography:Valdis Celminš
Sound:Stefano Varini


Revered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, Roberto Rossellini left an indelible mark on cinema and an enormous inheritance of family conflict. The Rossellinis is a compelling look inside a complicated cinema dynasty forced into group therapy by one of their own. As the first grandson of a genius, suppressed by the weight of lofty expectations and his struggle with addiction, Alessandro Rossellini doesn't feel he's lived up to the name. So at age 55, he picks up the camera and travels around the world, trying to reconcile with the family he loves but could never find his place in. With never-before-seen archival footage and an absorbing conversation with his famed aunt, actress Isabella Rossellini, this family drama offers an abundance of compelling insights into their relationships, revealing old secrets and tragic moments in their lives. On the surface, the Rossellinis are a family born of spectacle, fame and wealth—but here, they ironically yield a rare example of tender authenticity in the world of film. Ravi Srinivasan

Co-presented with Italian Trade Commission and Istituto Italiano di Cultura

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