22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024


Italy, France, 2022: 95 minutes: Alberta Premiere
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A coming of age story about a quirky 20-something who moves from Paris to Italy, and makes it her mission to form a true human connection, no matter how cringeworthy it may be.

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. A playful, provocative feature debut from writer-director Carolina Cavalli.

Venice Film Festival 2022
Toronto International Film Festival 2022
Göteborg Film Festival 2023

Carolina Cavalli was born in Milan, Italy. Her debut feature film, AMANDA, premiered at the 79th Venice Film Festival in September 2022 and internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She is the winner of the 2018 Premio Solinas Grant for TV Series. In 2018 she was the recipient of the SFFILM/ Rainin Filmmaking Development Grant for the feature film FREMONT (directed by Babak Jalali) which premiered in Sundance 2023.

press for Amanda

"At its best, it recalls the work of Miranda July or Noah Baumbach — FRANCES HA being an obvious comparison."
- Deadline
"Will likely appeal to fans of the absurd-adjacent oddness of the Greek Weird Wave."
- Screen International


Narrative / Drama / Coming of Age / Woman Director

Italian | English Subtitles
95 minutes


Carolina Cavalli

Annamaria Morelli
Antonio Celsi
Mario Gianani
Lorenzo Gangarossa
Moreno Zani
Malcom Pagani

Carolina Cavalli

Lorenzo Levrini

Benedetta Porcaroli
Galatea Bellugi
Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Michele Bravi