Two cryptocurrency geeks collaborate with intelligence agents to defeat anti-bank militants in a high-octane thriller.
Can anyone escape their past? Almaz has learned the hard way how to survive in a harsh contemporary world: from her time in servitude in the Eritrean army, she has made her way, as seemingly just one refugee among hundreds, to a centre in Calabria, Italy. But, in between, she was Madame Luna, a powerful, illegal operator who held the lives of many people in her hands. As she moves from isolation and solipsism to a new position of benevolent influence in a multicultural community, she discovers how difficult it is to erase the tragedy that haunts her nightmares – and how easy it is to slip into insidious, seductive networks of local criminality. Can Almaz manage to save others, yet alone herself?
Driven by the extraordinary central performance of Meninet Abraha Teferi, Madame Luna marks the return of Swedish-Chilean director Daniel Espinosa to a type of social issue cinema reminiscent of the Dardenne brothers, after a decade of star-studded work in America. The narrative proceeds without flashbacks, gradually unfolding the complicated past. The filmic style emphasises immediacy, immersion, sensory overload – especially when we arrive at the decadent villas of those who oversee the generalised corruption of labour conditions and welfare services.
– Adrian Martin
Programme IFFR 2024
Avant-premieres and cinematic highlights of this year’s festival circuit: eagerly anticipated audience favourites and international award-winners.Read more about this programme
Featuring an all-star cast, Stefano Sollima's Adagio narrates the clash between different generations of criminals.
This science fiction melodrama with an impeccable Léa Seydoux in the main role jumps between past lives, each haunted by love.