The film that beat "Barbie" and scored more profits

2024-04-25 07:24:00, Lifestyle CNA
The film that beat "Barbie" and scored more profits
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Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" could be the most financially successful film ever directed by a female director and the highest-grossing film of 2023. But it was beaten at the box office in Italy by another film, also made by a woman and speaking directly to the female experience.

There's Still Tomorrow (C'è Ancora Domani), by 50-year-old actress, writer and singer Paola Cortellesi, is now showing across Europe, including the UK. He became a phenomenon in Italy last year, earning more money than Barbie and Oppenheimer.

As of last month, the film had made around £31.5 million at the cinema, was the country's biggest film of 2023 and the most successful film ever made by an Italian woman.

Cortellesi told BBC News that he still can't believe the success of the film.

"No one could have ever predicted the wave of audience participation and love for this film," she says. "I've been an actress for almost 30 years, and I've been writing screenplays for the last 10 years, now I've made my first film at the age of 50. And to share the screen and the money with a big movie like Barbie, which also it's about women's experiences, it has to be a good thing."

However, part of the reason There's Still Tomorrow may have struck such a chord in Italy is that the heroine, Delia, (also played by Cortellesi) suffers violent physical and emotional abuse from her husband. In the film, Delia is a housewife and mother living in poverty in post-war Rome in 1946.

However, the film's story resonates with contemporary Italian audiences. According to the latest police statistics, 120 women were murdered in Italy in 2023, about one every three days. The report said that just over 50% of them were killed by their partners or ex-partners. A quarter of them were killed by their children - in 89% of those cases, their son.

The femicide case broke out in Italy in November 2023, a few weeks after the release of There's Still Tomorrow. Mass protests were held over the murder of 22-year-old student Giulia Cecchetti, allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend./ CNA

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