Maria, Pinuccia, Lia, Katia and Antonella are five sisters who live in an apartment in Palermo. They make a living by renting out doves for ceremonies. On a normal day at the beach, Antonella accidentally dies. Her death is going to turn upside down their relationships for the rest of their lives.

Director's Biography

Born in Palermo in 1967, Emma Dante explores the subject of family and marginalisation through poetics of tension and madness with a hint of humour. She becomes a playwright and director after graduating from the National Academy of Dramatic Art “Silvio D’Amico”. In 1999, in Palermo, she creates her theatre company Sud Costa Occidentale, with which she wins the Scenario Prize 2001 for her project “mPalermu” and the Ubu Prize 2002 as an emerging, Italian artist. After winning several awards for her activity as a playwright and theatrical director (among them the Ubu Prize and the Golden Graal Prize), on 7 December 1999 she opens the theatrical season at La Scala in Milan directing Bizet’s CARMEN, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
In 2013; she’s in competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival with her film VIA CASTELLANA BANDIERA, based on the book with the same name.


Cast & Crew

Directed by: Emma Dante

Written by: Emma Dante, Elena Stancanelli, Giorgio Vasta

Produced by: Marica Stocchi

Cinematography: Gherardo Gossi

Editing: Benni Atria

Production Design: Emita Frigato

Costume Design: Vanessa Sannino

Make-Up & Hair: Valentina Iannuccilli, Aldina Governatori

Sound: Gianluca Costamagna

Casting: Maurilio Mangano

Main Cast: Viola Pusateri (Antonella), Eleonora De Luca (Maria giovane), Simona Malato (Maria adulta), Susanna Piraino (Lia giovane), Serena Barone (Lia adulta), Maria Rosaria Alati (Lia anziana), Anita Pomario (Pinuccia giovane), Donatella Finocchiaro (Pinuccia adulta), Ileana Rigano (Pinuccia anziana), Alissa Maria Orlando (Katia giovane)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2021