organization Art Promotion

Dormant beauty


Italia , Francia – 2012 – 35mm – color – 110’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Veronica Raimo, Stefano Rulli

Photography: Daniele Ciprì

Editing: Francesca Calvelli

Set design: Marco Dentici

Music: Carlo Crivelli

Costumes: Sergio Ballo

Cast: Toni Servillo, Isabelle Huppert, Alba Rohrwacher, Michele Riondino, Maya Sansa, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Brenno Placido, Fabrizio Falco, Gian Marco Tognazzi, Roberto Herlitzka, Gigio Morra, Federica Fracassi

Producers: Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz

Production: Cattleya, Rai Cinema in collaboration with Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission, Babe Film



Everything takes place in different Italian locations during six days, the last in the life of Eluana Englaro. There are many fancy characters following different faiths and ideologies, whose stories are emotionally connected to that event. The film is a reflection about existential issues, concerning life and hope. A senator has to choose whether to vote or not for a law, against his conscience. Meanwhile, his daughter Maria, a pro-life movement activist, is protesting in front of the clinic, where Eluana is hospitalized. Roberto, with his younger brother, is on the opposite laical front. A famed actress waits her daughter’s awakening from a coma, for whom the faith and the hope of a miracle play a crucial role. The hopeless Rossa, wants to commit suicide, but the young doctor Pallido is against this.



“Dealing with a passionate topic, as the case of Englaro is, Bellocchio doesn’t offer easy answers. It’s just an attempt to let people think. (…) My challenge is to annihilate the ideological oppositions, to put each of the characters in a situation of being “right” and “wrong”. In this way, the viewer can find on the screen the many tiles to rebuild the mosaic. Instead, in the background, the perfect use of the archive material lets to remember the real situation of those days. This allows the director to express his creative power (…)”. (Paolo Mereghetti, Il Corriere della Sera)



2012 Mostra del Cinema di Venezia – Concorso:  Brian Award to Marco Bellocchio, Marcello Mastroianni Award to Fabrizio Falco

2012 So Paulo IFF:  Critics Award

2013 David di Donatello Awards: Maya Sansa as Best Supporting Actress

2013 Silver Ribbons: Special Silver Ribbon to Toni Servillo