DIRECTOR: TIZZA COVI, RAINER FRIMMEL STARRING: VERA GEMMA, DANIEL DE PALMA, SEBASTIAN DASCALU RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 55 MINUTES
Vera lives in the shadow of her famous father. Tired of her superficial life and relationships, she drifts through Roman high society. When she injures a child in a traffic accident in the suburbs, she forms an intense relationship with an eight-year old boy and his father.
“The important thing is to feel good about ourselves.”
Vera is the International Feature submission for Austria. Vera Gemma is the daughter of Giuliano Gemma, a famous actor mostly known for his roles in Spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s and 1970s. He died in 2013 in a car accident. Playing herself as the lead role, Vera is struggling to find her own identity as the daughter of a famous actor. She grew up in a household where the idea of being beautiful is the most important thing in life. The film follows her life, going to high end parties, red carpet events, movie auditions, dressed perfectly and being driven around by a driver.
Being the offspring of a famous actor has made her life seemingly comfortable and has opened the door for many opportunities, but at the same time it’s closed just as many. She thinks her dad destroyed her relationship with men, as her latest director boyfriend, just like all her previous relationships, is just using her for connections and money. This all changes though, when one day her driver accidentally hits an eight year old boy Manuel, which causes him to break his arm. She feels a sense of responsibility for the injury and she begins to form a bond with the son’s father and his grandmother.
Vera is a story about a beautiful woman who so desperately wants to find a decent relationship with a man, any man. It’s about the exploration of being a child of nepotism and trying to find one’s own identity. It’s about the cruel beauty standards that our society inflicts upon ourselves and the pressure to keep up with one’s appearances. It’s the sad degradation of a once grandiose family and the crumbling of a lavish lifestyle. Vera knows that the most important thing is to be happy within oneself, no matter where you are in life, and not with material possessions. But it's a daily struggle to be happy.
Vera is an unpretentious, kind-hearted, beautiful woman inside and out, who’s floating day by day trying to find meaning and a purpose. It explores the random nature of life, and the unpredictability of it all. All humans will experience, at one point in life, the feeling that we are nothing more than floating objects swept away by the ocean of human relationships and of life.
Vera, like all of us, are trapped in a world dealing with loneliness, rejection, ageing, dishonesty, betrayal and feeling like a lost soul at the mercy of an unpredictable and often cruel world.