// Presented as part of July's Opera Prima Italiana Series //
Lamberto Sanfelice / 2015, Sundance, Berlin / 98'
Jenny is a 17-year old girl living in the seaside town of Ostia, with a singular passion— synchronized swimming. Following her mother's death Jenny is forced to relocate to a mountain village in Abruzzo, becoming the caretaker for her incapacitated father and her young brother Fabrizio. Jenny wins a job at a local hotel where she engages in her first real romance with Ivan, an Eastern European guest worker, and sneaks into the pool late at night to practice her synchronized swimming.
Capturing the subjective experience of a young girl whose dreams transcend her circumstances, Cloro is a naturalistic portrait of adolescence rich with observational details. Lamberto Sanfelice's debut feature premiered at Sundance and Berlin, and was nominated for Best New Director at Italy's David di Donatello Awards.
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