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The Vice of Hope

Italy, 96′ 2018

Director: Edoardo De Angelis

Writer: Edoardo De Angelis; Umberto Contarello

Cinematography: Ferran Paredes Rubio

Music: Enzo Avitabile

Cast: Pina Turco, Massimiliano Rossi, Marina Confalone, Cristina Donadio, Marcello Romolo

Producers: Attilio de Razza; Pierpaolo Verga


The story of a difficult birth set against the backdrop of child trafficking in Castel Volturno, an area outside Naples known for being the most lawless area in Italy.
“If I have to die, I want to die my way”
Maria walks firmly, her hood up, her time flows along with the river she lives by.
A hand-to-mouth life, without dreams nor desires, spent taking care of her mother and at the service of a merciless, bejeweled old lady.
With her brave-eyed pitbull, she ferries pregnant women across the river, leading them to a painful, infernal fate.
But hope will pay Maria a visit, in its most ancestral and powerful form, as miraculous as life itself, teaching her that staying human is the greatest of all revolutions.


Edoardo De Angelis

Edoardo De Angelis


Edoardo de Angelis graduated from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. His feature films include MOZZARELLA STORIES (2011), PEREZ (2014) and INDIVISIBLE (2016). INDIVISIBLE won six David di Donatello awards: best original screenplay, best producer, best actress in a supporting role, best soundtrack, best original song and best costume. THE VICE OF HOPE (2018) is his latest film which premiered at TIFF. It won the Best Director and Best Actress Awards at the Tokyo IFF and the Audience Award at the Rome FF.

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