Italian director's competing film Mia Madre screened at Cannes

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Italian director Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre (My Mother) was screened Saturday for the official competition of the ongoing 68th Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival).

The movie is the story of a renowned female film producer right in the middle of a personal and creative crisis, exhausted by a disastrous shooting and visits to her dying mother's bedside. Margherita is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins, who is quite a headache on set. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together, despite her mother's illness and her daughter's adolescence.

"During the writing and the shooting of the film, we worked a lot to try to intermingle several levels of reality," said Moretti, whose films are always full of pain and joy at the same time.

For the director, times in the film match the times in the mind of Margerita where everything co-exsists, everything is equally urgent, the mother's pain, problems about the daughter, and problems about work.

"All of this is mixed together with the souvenirs, memories and dreams," added director Moretti during the press conference earlier Saturday morning.

Speaking of the future of Italian films, Moretti said he was very pleased to see that three Italian movies are competing for Palme d'Or this year.

This is the seventh time that Moretti comes to Cannes. In 2010, the Italian filmmaker's Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) was competing in the main competition, and he won Palme d'Or for his movie La Stanza Del Figlio (The Son's Room) in 2011.

A total of 19 films were selected to compete for the top prize Palme d'Or. The 68th Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival) runs from May 13 to 24. Endit

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