The Wait

by Piero Messina

  • Film
  • Production year 2015
  • Length 100’ min.
  • Format 2K, DCP


Amidst the large rooms of an old villa marked by time, Anna, emerging from a sudden bereavement, spends her days in solitude. The rugged and beautiful Sicilian countryside surrounds the house and isolates her while the fog, which is slowly climbing the slopes of Mount Etna, prevents the eye seeing any distance. Only the footsteps of Pietro, the handyman, break the silence.  And all of a sudden Jeanne appears, a young woman who claims to be the girlfriend of Giuseppe, Anna’s son. He invited her to Sicily to spend a few days’ holiday together. Anna was unaware of Jeanne’s existence. And Giuseppe is not there. But his things are all there, in his room. Soon, very soon he will return, is what Anna says, unable to reveal a truth that for her cannot be spoken. The days pass, the two women slowly get to know each other, and together they begin to wait for Easter, when Giuseppe will finally come home, and a great traditional procession will be held in the village.


Director Piero Messina
Story and Screenplay Giacomo Bendotti, Ilaria Macchia, Andrea Paolo Massara, Piero Messina
Cinematography Francesco Di Giacomo
Editing Paola Freddi
Production Design Marco Dentici
Costume Design Maurizio Millenotti
Music Alma Napolitano, Marco Mangani
Direct Sound Recordist Alessandro Rolla
Sound Editing Daniela Bassani, Marzia Cordò, Stefano Grosso, Giancarlo Rutigliano
Assistant Director Jacopo Bonvicini
Casting Annamaria Sambucco, Juliette Denis
Line Producer Viola Prestieri
Producers Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori
Co-Producer Fabio Conversi
Co-Producer Da Jerome Seydoux
Co-Producers Vivien Aslanian, Romain Le Grand, Muriel Sauzay
A French-Italian Coproduction
Produced by Indigo Film
In Association with Medusa Film
Co-Produced by Barbary Films
Co-Produced by Pathè
In Association with Banca Nuova Spa ai sensi delle norme sul Tax Credit
In Association with Renato Ragosta Team Holding Srl ai sensi delle norme sul Tax Credit
With the Support of Eurimages
Developed with the Support of the Media Programme of the European Union
With the Contribution of  M.I.B.A.C.T. - Direzione Generale per il Cinema
With the Contribution of  Regione Siciliana - Assessorato Turismo Sport e Spettacolo, Sicilia Film
In Collaboration with Mediaset Premium
Distribution Medusa Film
International Sales Pathé


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Lou De Laage
Giorgio Colangeli
Domenico Diele
Antonio Folletto
Corinna Lo Castro
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Giovanni Anzaldo


Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt Amilcar de la Critique
72 Venice International Film Festival Special Mention Fedic, Special Mention Signis, Leoncino d’oro Agiscuola Award (Student's Prize).
Nastri D'argento 2016
European Silver Ribbon Award (Juliette Binoche)
Best Actress Special Award (Juliette Binoche)
Siae for new Screenwriters Award (Piero Messina)
Globi D'oro 2016
Best First Feature Film (Piero Messina)


72 Venice Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
The Times Bfi London Film Festival
Cinema Italian Style
Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid
Festival de Cinema Italiano No Brasil
Festival du Cinéma Italien d'ajaccio
Quinzaine du Cinéma Italien à Chambéry
Rencontres du Cinéma Italien de Grenoble
Stockholm International Film Festival
Alla Scoperta del Nuovo Cinema Italiano
Cin&Città Preview
Busan International Film Festival
Cinéma Italien - Sélection de Film de Festival de Cinéma Italien D’annecy
Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt
Annecy Cinema Italien
From Venice to Roma

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