Lucia's Grace

by Zanasi Gianni

Lucia's Grace


Single working mother Lucia is trying to find the right balance between life with her teenage daughter, a complicated romance and her career as a land surveyor.  Lucia’s future is jeapordized when she realizes that an ambitious new building is environmentally dangerous due to the city council’s inaccurate maps. Lucia is torn by her decision to keep her mouth shut for fear of losing her job. A mysterious foreign woman tries to convince Lucia to stand up to her superiors and recommend a church as the only solution for the troubled building site. Lucia’s belief in miracles will soon be put to the test.


He studied philosophy at Bologna University before attending a playwriting school and a cinema course directed by Nanni Moretti. He also attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, obtaining a directing diploma in 1992. He made his director’s debut in 1995 with the film Nella mischia, selected for the Quinzaine des Realisateurs at Cannes Film Festival. In 1999 he directed Fuori di me and A domani, presented at the Venice Film Festival. In 2004 he directed the documentary La vita breve ma la giornata è lunghissima, with Lucio Pellegrini, receiving a Special Mention from the Venice Film Festival jury. In 2007 he presented Non pensarci out of competition, a bittersweet comedy starring Valerio Mastandrea. The film was received positively by critics, notably Paolo Mereghetti: “the clichés of Italian-styles dramas have been sidestepped , avoided or overturned (...) with a winning lightness and irony”. Zanasi returned to the cinema after working on a television series of Non pensarci, directing the film La felicità è un sistema complesso. Again appearing in this film are Giuseppe Battiston and Valerio Mastandrea; the original soundtrack was composed by Niccolò Contessa, going under the alias of I Cani.


2018: Lucia’s Grace (Troppa Grazia)
2015: Happiness is a Complex Matter (La Felicita’ e’ un sistema complesso)
2007: Ciao Stefano (Non pensarci)
2005: La Vita e' breve ma la giornata e' lunghissima (Life is Short But the Day is Very Long)
2000: Besides Myself (Fuori di me)
1999: Until Tomorrow (A domani) 1995: In the Thick of It (Nella mischia)


Alba Rohrwacher
Elio Germano
Hadas Yaron
Giuseppe Battiston
Carlotta Natoli
Thomas Trabacchi


Director: Gianni Zanasi
Scriptwriters: Gianni Zanasi, Giacomo Ciarrapico, Federica Pontremoli, Michele Pellegrini Cinematographer: Vladan Radovic
Sound: Stefano Campus
Production Design: Massimiliano Sturiale
Costumes Design: Olivia Bellini
Editing: Rita Rognoni, Gianni Zanasi
Original music: Niccolò Contessa
Line Producer: Attilio Moro
Production Designer: Massimiliano Sturiale
Costumes Designer: Olivia Bellini
Production Companies: Pupkin Production with Rai Cinema

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 2.39:1 / 5.1
length 110 min.
original languages Italian

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