“Malèna” is a 2000 Italian drama film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring Monica Bellucci in the lead role. The movie tells the story of a beautiful woman named Malèna who becomes the object of desire for a group of adolescent boys in a small Italian town during World War II.
Synopsis: The film is set in a small Italian town during World War II and revolves around the life of a beautiful woman named Malèna Scordia (played by Monica Bellucci). After her husband is sent to fight in the war, Malèna becomes the object of desire for a group of adolescent boys in the town. The boys spy on her and make up stories about her, while the townspeople gossip and judge her. Malèna endures humiliation and mistreatment from the townspeople, but she remains a symbol of hope and beauty amidst the chaos of the war.
Awards won: The film was a commercial success and received critical acclaim for its direction, performances, and cinematography. It won several awards, including the Nastro d'Argento Award for Best Cinematography, the David di Donatello Award for Best Cinematography, and the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actor (Giuseppe Sulfaro). It was also nominated for several other awards, including the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography.
|Directed by||Giuseppe Tornatore|
|Produced by||Harvey Weinstein Carlo Bernasconi|
|Screenplay by||Giuseppe Tornatore|
|Story by||Luciano Vincenzoni|
|Starring||Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro,|
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Edited by||Massimo Quaglia|
|Medusa Film Miramax Pacific Pictures Tele+|
|Distributed by||Medusa Distribuzione (Italy) Miramax (United States)|
|Release date||27 October 2000 (Italy) 2 February 2001 (United States)|
|Running time||108 minutes 92 minutes (United States cut)|
|Country||Italy United States|
|Box office||$14.4 million|