In After Midnight, the magical Mole Antonelliana (the cavernous Museum of Cinema in Turin, Italy) is the setting and inspiration for a very unlikely love story. One fateful evening, Martino, an avid cinephile and the museum’s timid night watchman, comes to the aid of Amanda, an enchanting young fast-food cook on the run from the police after dousing her overbearing boss with hot oil. Martino’s dreamy kingdom of silent movie characters becomes a sanctuary for Amanda, as she awaits rescue by her devilish car-jacking boyfriend Angel. Spellbound by the museum, Amanda develops a surprising romantic connection with Martino, who until now has only found companionship in his celluloid dreams. Torn between her newfound feelings for Martino and her troubled relationship with the irresistible Angel, Amanda attempts to balance the affections of her two suitors. Misadventure and chaos ensue as the characters become embroiled in this dubious love triangle.
Infused with humor, intelligence, and passion, After Midnight is a masterful homage to the silent movie era. Ferrario’s daring visual choices and unconventional storytelling make for a charming celebration of love and cinema.
BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2004 WINNER
Don Quixote Award of the Int’l Federation of Film Societies
Caligari Film Prize
OFFICIAL SELECTION AND NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE:
2004 CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2004 THREE RIVERS FILM FESTIVAL
2004 ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2005 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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