Engaging portrait of a middle-aged Roman upper-class actress who seems condemned to a life in the shadow of her famous father.

Please note that this film is in Italian, with Dutch subtitles.
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VERA combines fiction and non-fiction. Several actors, including protagonist Vera Gemma, play a version of themselves. As a result, the film has a convincing, almost documentary character.

With her long blonde hair and tanned skin, Vera, a middle-aged actress, has the look of Donatella Versace. She struggles to find acting work, because to everyone she remains ‘the daughter of Giuliano Gemma’, a film star who acquired international fame with roles in spaghetti westerns. As a tribute to her father, she always wears a cowboy hat, but in fact she lives in his shadow. Tired of her superficial life and relationships, she goes in search of herself. When she injures a child in a traffic accident in the suburbs, she encounters an environment where simplicity and lack of money define life. She builds an intense relationship with an eight-year-old boy and his father, and, in a sense, takes on the mother role. But as so often in her life, this happiness is also short-lived.

VERA touches upon several sensitive social themes – without becoming sentimental – including the confrontation between aging and a society that is mainly focused on youth.

Winner of the Horizons Awards for best actress and best director at the Venice Film Festival. (bw)

Tizza Covi, Italy, 2022, 115 min. Italian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Vera Gemma, Daniel de Palma, Sebastian Dascalu, Annamaria Ciancamerla, Walter Saabel.