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The Lost Daughter

Venezia 78 Competition
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Endeavor Content, Samuel Marshall Films, Pie Films, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Running Time:
Greece, USA, UK, Israel
Main Cast:
Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Mescal, Dagmara Dominczyk, Alba Rohrwacher
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Hélène Louvart
Affonso Gonçalves
Production Designer:
Inbal Weinberg
Costume Designer:
Edward K. Gibbon
Dickon Hinchliffe
Leslie Shatz
Visual Effects:
Solon Giannoutsos
Note:from the novel "La figlia oscura" by Elena Ferrante


Alone on a seaside vacation, Leda becomes consumed with a young mother and daughter as she watches them on the beach. Unnerved by their compelling relationship, (and their raucous and menacing extended family), Leda is overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion and intensity of early motherhood. An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and ominous world of her own mind, where she is forced to face the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences.

Director’s Statement

When I read the novel, The Lost Daughter, something came through to me that was very strange and painful but also undeniably true. Some secret piece of my experience as a mother, as a lover, as a woman in the world was being spoken out loud for the first time. And I thought, how exciting and dangerous to create an experience like that—not quiet and alone with a book—but in a room full of living, feeling people. What would it feel like to sit next to your own mother or husband or daughter or wife as common feelings and experiences that have been kept hidden are exposed? Of course, there’s a terror and a danger in relating to someone struggling through things that we’ve been told are shameful or ugly. But when those experiences are put up on screen there’s also the opportunity to feel comforted—If someone else has these thoughts and feelings, maybe I’m not alone. This is a part of our experience that is only articulated rarely, and mostly through aberration, disjuncture, or dreaming.


PRODUCTION1: Endeavor Content
9560 Wilshire Blvd.
CA 90212 – Beverly Hills, United States of America
Tel. +1 3102704900

PRODUCTION 2: Charles Dorfman – Samuel Marshall Films
22 Manchester Square
W1U 3PT – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)20 7725 1200

PRODUCTION 3: Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren – Pie Films
16 Hanatsiv St.
6701806 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel. +972 546898892

PRODUCTIONS 4: Maggie Gyllenhaal

WORLD SALES: Deb McIntosh – Endeavor Content
9560 Wilshire Blvd.
CA 90212 – Beverly Hills, United States of America
Tel. +1 3102704900

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Antonio Medici – BIM Distribuzione
Via Magalotti 15
00197 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 063231057

PRESS OFFICE: Paul Saunter & Emma Mason - DDA
192-198 Vauxhall Bridge Road
SW1V 1DX – London, United Kingdom

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Alessandro Russo, Federico Biagioni, Federica Aliano – US Ufficio Stampa
Via Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina 47
00193 – Roma, Italia
Mob (1). +39 349 3127219 (A. Russo)
Mob (2). +39 320 7440489 (F. Biagioni)
Mob (3). +39 393 9435664 (F. Aliano)

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