// Presented as part of September's Cinema Italiano! Series //
Valeria Golino / 2013, Cannes, Bastia Italian Film Festival, Bimbi Belli, Brussels, Chicago, Gallio, Haifa, Ischia, Karlovy Vary, Ljubljana, Odessa, Spello, Stockholm, Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival, Zurich / 97'
Irene lives by herself just outside of Rome, in a small town along the Tyrrhenian Sea. While her friends and family believe she is student, Irene freelances as a clandestine euthanasia consultant. Using the professional pseudonym Honey, Irene helps terminally ill patients to die with dignity by supplying them with a powerful barbituate she imports from Mexico. One day Irene meets Grimaldi, a middle-aged architect who seeks to die according to his wishes—however, when Irene realizes her patient is simply depressed, the rules of her trade are called into question.
An intelligent, nuanced portrait of life, death, and unlikely friendship, Miele (Honey) gently explores the moral and ethical valences of assisted suicide, a practice that remains illegal in Italy. Celebrated Italian actress Valeria Golino's directorial debut premiered at Cannes, where it won a Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; Stockholm, where it won Best Actress; and Brussels, where it won the Audience Award. Miele (Honey) was nominated for seven David di Donatello awards and two Italian Golden Globes, winning Best Actress and Best First Feature.