Carolina Cavalli · 2022
94min · DCP
  • Friday, Sep 8, 2023, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Sep 9, 2023, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Sep 10, 2023, 6:00pm
  • Monday, Sep 11, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Sep 13, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Sep 14, 2023, 7:00pm

Born into an upper-class family with a doting mother who foots the bill for her indolent lifestyle, 24-year-old combative Amanda (emerging talent Benedetta Porcaroli) searches for boyfriends but only finds misfits who are repelled by her intensity. She longs for connection but has never had a friend of her own… until she discovers a long lost childhood bond, spurring a mission to convince another recluse that they are still best friends.

AMANDA is a playful, provocative feature debut from writer-director Carolina Cavalli, co-writer of another great indie movie released this year, FREMONT (soon playing at SIFF).

In Italian with English subtitles.

CRITIC’S PICK! Amanda is absurd and abrasive, but also sympathetic thanks to Porcaroli’s performance. She’s a flaming narcissist with a gooey core of vulnerability, a being forged by the fear of making herself known.” Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times

“In a world where everyone feels lonely, Amanda might be our most authentic avatar, someone willing to get super weird in the hopes it will lead somewhere great.” Kate Erbland, indieWire

“A f*cking delight.” Amanda Dobbins, The Big Picture podcast