Estonian premiere

Monica

Local title
Monica
Director
Andrea Pallaoro
Country
USA, Italy
Year
2022
Programme
Special Screenings
Genre
drama
Subject
family relations, grief, LGBT

"Monica" is an intimate portrait of a powerful yet delicate and extremely feminine woman, who returns home to the Midwest for the first time in 20 years to take care of her dying mother. As they see each other, they are as strangers who slowly start getting to know each other, perhaps because this is also the first time Monica’s mother sees Monica for who she is and not what she wanted her to be. This beautiful story explores the universal themes of abandonment, aging, rejection, acceptance, and forgiveness. Without too many words, we are led into Monica’s world and state of mind, the pain and fear, needs and desires of a woman whose journey ultimately illuminates the human condition.

An absolutely mesmerizingly shot film with spectacular and notable performances by Trace Lysette and Patricia Clarkson, which gives a beautiful and honest insight to a transgender experience with all its pain and beauty. Perhaps a meaningful and eye-opening truth about life: in the end it doesn’t matter what our gender is, we all crave love.

Triin Tramberg

Director
Andrea Pallaoro
Screenwriter
Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado
Cast
Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Adriana Barraza, Emily Browning, Joshua Close
Producer
Gina Resnick, Christina Dow, Eleonora Granata Jenkinson, Andrea Pallaoro, Marina Marzotto, Mattia Oddone, Riccardo Di Pasquale, Gabriele Oricchio, Antonio Adinolfi, Giorgia Lo Savio
DoP
Katelin Arizmendi
Editor
Paola Freddi
Production
Varient Entertainment, Solo Five Production, Melograno Films, Andrea Pallaoro Propaganda Italia, Fenix Entertainment, Rai Cinema e Alacran Pictures
World sales
The Exchange
Runtime
Language
English
Other festivals
Venice, Warsaw, Busan

Screenings

Hall Athena Center, Tartu
Screening062101 / Monica
Screening duration
3rd Hall Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening091204 / Monica
Screening duration
7th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening110504 / Monica
Q&A guestsAndrea Pallaoro (Film Director)
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker