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Producers Christina Dow, Eleonora Granata, Nicola Giuliano, Marina Marzotto, Gina Resnick, Christina Sibul, Karen Tenkhoff


When Monica is called home to reconcile with her estranged family over an end of life crisis, she in a changed body and a changed self, with a parent too ill to process Monica’s new life. However, despite the challenges, the film asks whether a mother will always somehow, someway recognize her child.

About The Team

Andrea Pallaoro (Director) Born in Trento, Italy in 1982, Andrea Pallaoro holds an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Hampshire College. His film debut, Wunderkammer, a short film presented at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, was selected in the official competition of over fifty film festivals around the world and won several prizes. His first feature film Medeas (2013), starring Catalina Sandino Moreno and Brian O’Byrne, premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival (Orizzonti) and won numerous international awards including Best Director (Marrakech International Film Festival), the Sergej Parajanov Award for Outstanding Poetic Vision (Tbilisi International Film Festival), Best Film – New Voices, New Visions (Palm Springs International Film Festival), and Best Debut-Cinematographer Award (CamerImage). Hannah, his second feature and the first of an intended trilogy of films centering on a female lead, premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival and proceeded to win numerous prestigious international recognitions including the Volpi Cup for Charlotte Rampling for her interpretation as the title character, the award for Best Cinematography at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, and Césars Nomination for best foreign film. Andrea was an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, in 2013 and 2015, and is the recipient of the 2017 Jerome Foundation Filmmaking Grant for his next feature film, Monica, expected to start production in 2019. Andrea lives between Los Angeles and New York.

Monica is a Cinereach grantee.