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Morgen ist auch noch ein Tag (There's Still Tomorrow, C’è ancora domani)
Italy 2023

Opening 4 Apr 2024

Directed by: Paola Cortellesi
Writing credits: Furio Andreotti, Giulia Calenda, Paola Cortellesi
Principal actors: Paola Cortellesi, Valerio Mastandrea, Romana Maggiora Vergano, Emanuela Fanelli, Giorgio Colangeli

It’s 1946 in post-war Rome and American soldiers are still present. Delia (Paola Cortellesi) is a typical housewife, married to Ivano (Valerio Mastandrea), raising three children and caring for Grandfather, who is bed-ridden. For additional income, she works small jobs e.g., assisting a rich family, sewing underwear (on an antique Singer sewing machine), and repairing umbrellas. Life with Ivano is difficult as he “is the man,” and determines her life, even inducing physical force. She occasionally sees her former boyfriend Nino of thirty years ago, and they agree that it was unfortunate that they didn’t set up life together. She is also friends with the Black American soldier, William (Yonv Joseph). Her daughter Marcella (Romana Maggiora Vergano) is engaged to Giulio, whose parents plan to visit to become acquainted. Delia must clean up her house to make a good impression. A mysterious letter is delivered, which she hides.

Has life changed so much since the mid-1900s? A female is responsible for so much and still attempts to find a life of her own. Here we follow the progress with the help of excellent actors. Paola Cortellesi directs her first film, which she said was inspired by memories with her grandmother and great grandmother. She also contributes to the script and stars as Delia. I was surprised that filming in black and white could be so beautiful. Delia earns extra money, but gives Ivano only half of the income, saving the rest secretly. Is this part of a plan for independence? When do we finally know the content of the mysterious letter? This was Italy’s most successful film in 2023, with over five million viewers, and winning three prizes at the Rome Film Festival—a result which should also proceed internationally. The English title is There’s Still Tomorrow. The eleven songs fit in well with the action. (Becky Tan)

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