short synopsis

On a winter's day, Nena brings her family together to celebrate her birthday. Everyone is there: her husband Umberto; her son Vito and his wife Adelina and their child Alma; her daughter Caterina and her ex-boyfriend Manfredi with his new girlfriend Joana; cousin Isabella; her housekeeper Lucia and her daughter Grazia. And then there is Paco, Alma's peacock. While waiting for a lunch that will never arrive, Paco falls in love with a little dove in a painting. An impossible love that shakes the whole family: everybody is pushed to reflect on their true feelings and on what remains and what is gone forever.

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the director

laura bispuri

Born in 1977 in Rome, Laura Bispuri won a David di Donatello Award with her first short Passing Time and a Nastro d'argento with the following Biondina.

Her first film Sworn Virgin was presented in Competition at the Berlinale and received the Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca FF, the Firebird Award at Hong Kong FF, the Golden Gate New Directors Prize at San Francisco FF, the FIPRESCI at Off Camera in Krakow and a Globo D'oro.

Her second film Daughter of Mine was also in Competition at the Berlinale. Variety included her in its "10 Directors to Watch" list and the film was selected by numerous festivals around the world, including London’s BFI and LA’s AFI, winning awards at Shanghai IFF and Haifa FF.

© Laura Bispuri


2021 The Peacock's Paradise
(Il Paradiso del Pavone)

2018 Daughter of Mine
(Figlia Mia)

2015 Sworn Virgin
(Vergine giurata)

2011 Biondina
(Biondina /short)

2010 Salve Regina
(Salve Regina /short)

2010 Passing Time
(Passing Time /short)

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main cast


Dominique Sanda

Dominique Sanda was born in Paris. Her career began at a very young age under the direction of Robert Bresson and over the years she established herself as one of the most important French actresses of her generation, thanks to numerous collaborations that saw her as a protagonist on sets throughout Europe. She has been the muse of many great directors, including Robert Bresson, Vittorio De Sica, Bernardo Bertolucci, Luchino Visconti, Mauro Bolognini, John Huston, Jacques Demy, Liliana Cavani, Louis Malle, Lina Wertmüller, Dino Risi, John Frankenheimer, Michel Deville, Marguerite Duras and René Allio. During her long career, she has received various awards including Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 for her performance in Mauro Bolognini's film L'eredità Ferramonti (known in English as The Inheritance). In France, she has been awarded with the prestigious Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur and Chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite.

Alba Rohrwacher

Alba Rohrwacher was born in Florence and graduated from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 2004. Since her debut in Carlo Mazzacurati's L'amore ritrovato, she has worked with some of the most important Italian directors, from Marco Bellocchio (Sorelle mai, Bella addormentata) to Daniele Luchetti (Mio fratello è figlio unico, Lacci), from Pupi Avati (Il papà di Giovanna, David di Donatello for Best Actress) to Giorgio Diritti (L'uomo che verrà), from Silvio Soldini (Giorni e nuvole, David for Best Supporting Actress) to Luca Guadagnino (Io sono l'amore). And again, Saverio Costanzo (La solitudine dei numeri primi and Hungry Hearts, Coppa Volpi at Venice Film Festival), Alice Rohrwacher (Le meraviglie, Lazzaro felice), Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin, Daughter of Mine), Paolo Genovese (Perfetti sconosciuti), Emma Dante (A Street in Palermo), Gianni Zanasi (Troppa grazia), Ginevra Elkann (Magari).

She has also made numerous "incursions" into the international cinema, working with directors such as Doris Dorrie (Gluck), Nicolas Saada (Taj Mahal), Arnaud Desplechin (The Ghosts of Ismael), Jonathan Nossiter (Last Words).

For the television she took part in the TV series Il miracolo directed by Niccolò Ammaniti, and she lent her voice as narrator for L'Amica geniale directed by Saverio Costanzo.

Among her latest works: Jasmine Trinca's debut short film BMM - Being My Mom and the new film by Nanni Moretti, Tre piani; Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter.

Maya Sansa

She made her debut on the big screen with La Balia by Marco Bellocchio (1999). Her debut in cinema is followed by, among others, La meglio gioventù by Marco Tullio Giordana (2003); Buongiorno, Notte by Marco Bellocchio (2003), Il vestito da sposa by Fiorella Infascelli (2003); L'amore ritrovato by Carlo Mazzacurati (2004); L'uomo che verrà by Giorgio Diritti (2009); Il primo uomo by Gianni Amelio (2011); Voyez comme ils dansent by Claude Miller (2011); Bella addormentata by Marco Bellocchio (2012); Red Snake by Caroline Fourest (2019) and Lasciami andare by Stefano Mordini (2020). During her career she has received several nominations and awards: one David di Donatello Award in 2013 as Best Supporting Actress for Bella addormentata, one Silver Ribbon Award in 2004 as Best Leading Actress for La meglio gioventù, two Globo d’oro, one as Best Revelation Actress for La balia (1999) and one as Best Actress for Buongiorno, Notte (2004).

Carlo Cerciello

He is a theatre, cinema and television actor, who has worked with directors such as Claudio Ascoli, Vittorio Lucariello, Armando Pugliese, Giuseppe Rocca, Walter Manfrè, Stefano Incerti, Francesco Rosi, Carla Apuzzo, Luca De Fusco, Maurizio Fiume, Antonietta De Lillo, Vincenzo Marra and Francesca Comencini. He has directed several theatrical projects and won awards, including the prestigious Giuseppe Bartolucci Prize 2001 for the activity of Teatro Elicantropo, which he founded in 1996; the UBU Prize 2002 for Stanza 101; the 2008 ETI Olimpici del Teatro Award for Nzularchia; the 2009 Hystrio Award for his career; the 2015 ANCT Critics' Award for Scannasurice by Enzo Moscato for the best show of 2015 and, still thanks to Scannasurice, he also won the 2017 Le Maschere del Teatro Italiano Award for the best monologue.

Fabrizio Ferracane

Fabrizio Ferracane is a film, theatre and television actor. In 2013 he starred in Anime nere (Black souls) by Francesco Munzi, for which he received three nominations as "Best Leading Actor" at the David di Donatello Awards, Silver Ribbons Awards and the Globo d’oro Awards. In 2017 he was seen at the Cannes Film Festival in After the War by Annarita Zambrano and at the Venice Film Festival in L'ordine delle cose by Andrea Segre. In 2019, he appeared in Il traditore (The Traitor) by Marco Bellocchio, which screened in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and for which he won the Silver Ribbon Award as "Best Supporting Actor" and was nominated at David di Donatello Awards in the same category. In 2021 he starred in Claudio Cupellini's La terra dei figli, in Alessandro Pondi's School of Mafia and in Andrea De Sica's Non mi uccidere. Among his many upcoming projects is Leonora Addio, directed by Paolo Taviani.

Leonardo Lidi

Born in 1988, he graduated at Scuola del Teatro Stabile di Torino in 2012 and moves between acting and directing for the, where his work includes: Spettri (Ghosts) by Ibsen (Venice biennial 2018), Zoo di Vetro (The Glass Menagerie) by Williams, La Casa di Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba) by García Lorca, Città Morta by D'Annunzio (Venice biennial 2020) and Signorina Giulia (Miss Julie) by Strindberg (Spoleto Festival 2021). In 2019 he starred in the films Lessons of love by Chiara Campara and Il demolitore di camper by Robert Ralston. He also took part in the film L'incredibile storia dell'isola delle rose (Rose Island) directed by Sydney Sibilia (2020) and in the TV film Carosello Carosone directed by Lucio Pellegrini (2021).

Tihana Lazović

Tihana Lazovic was born in Zadar in 1990. In 2013 she played her first feature film role in the film Svecenikova djeca (The Priest's Children) and later she played the leading role in Zvizdan (The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanic, which won the Jury Prize for Best Film in the "Un Certain Regard" category at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Tihana was selected as one of 10 most perspective European actors, as part of the 2016 European Shooting Stars project, which represents the most promising young European actors every year at Berlinale. In 2018 she played the lead in two features: the Italian-Belgian film Sembra mio figlio directed by Costanza Quatriglio and Aleksi by Barbara Vekaric. In 2020, she played the lead in Dalibor Matanic’s film Zora / The Dawn

Maddalena Crippa

She took part in theatre performances in Brianza since the age of 12 years and later she attended the school of the Piccolo Teatro. In 1975, after an audition, she was chosen by Giorgio Strehler at the age of 17 for the role of Lucietta in Campiello by Carlo Goldoni, which marked her debut. In her long career in film, theatre and television, she has worked with directors such as Francesco Rosi, Sergio Sollima, Tonino Cervi, Gianni Amelio, Alberto Sironi and Peter Stein. In 1987 she received the Maschera D'Argento Award as Best Theatre Actress of the year and in 2000 she won the Flaiano Award for the interpretation thanks to her role in L'annaspo, directed by Cristina Pezzoli.

main cast

Dominique Sanda as Nena
Alba Rohrwacher as Adelina
Maya Sansa as Caterina
Carlo Cerciello as Umberto
Fabrizio Ferracane as Manfredi
Leonardo Lidi as Vito
Tihana Lazović as Joana
Yile Yara Vianello as Isabella
Ludovica Alvazzi Del Frate as Grazia
Carolina Michelangeli as Alma
with the participation of
Maddalena Crippa as Lucia

main crew

Director Laura Bispuri

Produced by Marta Donzelli and
Gregorio Paonessa

Co-produced by Viola Fügen and
Michael Weber

Screenplay Silvana Tamma and Laura Bispuri

Cinematography Vladan Radovic

Editing Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri

Original music Nando Di Cosimo

Line producer Gian Luca Chiaretti

Costume design Antonella Cannarozzi

Production design Ilaria Sadun

Make-up Paola Gattabrusi

Hair Alberta Giuliani

Casting Francesca Borromeo

Production sound Fabio Conca

Sound design Emil Klotzsch

Sound editing Daniela Bassani, Marzia Cordò

Re-recording mix Giancarlo Rutigliano



Original title: Il paradiso del pavone

International title: The Peacock's Paradise

Duration: 89 min

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Format: 2K

Sound: 5.1

Year: 2021

Original language: Italian

Countries of production: Italy, Germany

Production Companies: Vivo film with Rai Cinema

Co-production Companies: Match Factory Productions

With the support of: MIC - Direzione Generale Cinema e Audiovisivo, Regione Lazio – Avviso Pubblico Attrazione Produzioni Cinematografiche (POR-FESR Lazio 2014–2020) Progetto Cofinanziato dall'Unione Europea and Fondo Regionale per il Cinema e l'Audiovisivo, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW

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