Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
Queer Lion
Venice Film Festival
A tender, intensely personal portrait of dysfunctional family in 1970s Rome.



Clara (Penélope Cruz) and her emotionally distant husband Felice (Vincenzo Amato) relocate to Rome to raise a family. Even though the paint is fresh, and the appliances are new, the crushing expectations around marriage, desire, and gender in the early 1970s remain as traditional as ever. Their children Andrew (played by newcomer Luana Giuliani), Gino, and Diana are likewise poised at a precipice, on the verge of adolescence, with nothing but their imaginations to defuse family tensions. The eldest child, Andrew (nicknamed Adri by his parents), yearns for another life – an outsized, vibrantly-realized vision of a world where he gets to live as the boy he knows himself to be. Without an accepted vocabulary for talking about his transgender identity, Andrew tells adults that he’s an alien from another galaxy and makes a habit of running away to pursue a local Roma girl who accepts his boyhood at face value. As an outsider ostracized for her own eccentricities, Clara instinctively strives to protect her son despite not fully understanding him. An effortlessly moving film about growing up, fitting in, and breaking the mold, L’immensita is as freewheeling and creative as its central characters, mixing genres and staging musical numbers out of thin air.

“A grand and vibrant work of art.” - Lena Wilson, The Wrap

“A tender and electric portrait of a family. Cruz & Giuliani imbue their characters with a depth of humanity that grabs you by the soul and never lets go."- Devin McGrath-Conwell, Geek Vibes Nation

“Penélope Cruz adds dazzle to a gentle, poignant tale. Everything in
L’Immensità is beautiful even when everything wasn’t: Crialese’s odd, affecting memory piece layers the world as it was, is and could be in the same gilded frame.” - Guy Lodge, Variety

“Cruz does some of the best work of her already incredible, multilingual career.”
“To say director Emanuele Crialese’s camera falls in love with Cruz would be an understatement.”- Jose Solís, The Film Stage
Not Rated
Drama, LGBTQ+
Emanuele Crialese
Emanuele Crialese, Francesca Manieri, Vittorio Moroni
Penélope Cruz, Luana Giuliani, Vincenzo Amato, Patrizio Francioni, Maria Chiara Goretti, Penelope Nieto Conti, Alvia Reale, India Santella, Mariangela Granelli, Carlo Gallo
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, Queer Lion, Venice Film Festival
Guy Lodge, Variety

“L’Immensità” is director Emanuele Crialese’s first feature film in 11 years, and only his fifth in a quarter-century: The gifted Italian, best known to international audiences for his splendid, richly felt Ellis Island immigrant saga “Golden Door,” has never been one for unconsidered or impersonal ...

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