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Piero Messina
100 min

The Wait

by Piero Messina


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.

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  • e con (and with)


  • 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 support of Regione Siciliana - Assessorato Turismo Sport e Spettacolo, Sicilia Film
  • In collaboration with Mediaset Premium
  • Distribution Medusa Film
  • International sales Pathé


Release date: September 17th 2015 (Italy)


  • 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)

Festival Participations

  • 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