Theatrical Trailer for TWICE BORN Starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch

     November 19, 2013

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The theatrical trailer for director Sergio Castellitto’s new film Twice Born has been released online.  Based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Mazzantini, the film stars Penelope Cruz as a single mother who returns with her teen son to present-day Sarajevo where she connected with her son’s father (Emile Hirsch) during the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s.  As she tries to repair the relationship with her son, new revelations force her to rethink everything.  The trailer promises a sweeping love story told with many flashbacks that fram the relationship between Cruz and Hirsch’s characters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and be sure to check out Steve’s interviews with Cruz, Hirsch, and Castellitto from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film also stars Adnan HaskovicSaadet AksoyPietro CastellittoLuca De FilippoJane BirkinSergio CastellittoMira Furlan, and Jovan DiviakTwice Born will be released in theaters and on VOD on December 6th.

Via Yahoo! Movies.

Twice-Born-poster-penelope-cruzHere’s the official synopsis for Twice Born:

Academy Award® winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Volver) and Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild, Killer Joe) star in TWICE BORN an epic family mystery that becomes a moving portrait of love, loyalty and the unbreakable bonds of motherhood in a time of war.

Based on the runaway European bestseller by Margaret Mazzantini, Twice Born begins as the Italian professor Gemma (Cruz) heads off on a summer vacation to the battle-scarred city of Sarajevo with her discontented teenaged son Pietro. She longs to show him the country where she fell passionately in love with his father, Diego (Hirsch) – but she is about to discover a long-hidden secret, one that will reveal far more to their knotted past than even her haunted memories can disclose.

Years before, when she herself was still a student, Gemma traveled to a very different Sarajevo, an electric, youthful city in the midst of the triumphant 1984 Winter Olympics. It was then that she began a heated love affair with the young American photographer Diego, drawn to his intense zest for life and art. For a time, she was compelled only by the all-consuming desire to start a family with him; but that desire would soon be complicated by her struggles to conceive, and her hopes of becoming a mother would in turn be interrupted by the coming of the brutal Balkan war and the longest violent siege of a city in modern history. In a series of transforming events, Gemma would finally make it back to Italy – but alone with an infant son who has never known the story of who he is or how he was born.

Roaming Sarajevo for the first time in 18 years, an unnerved Gemma at last begins to uncover the hidden truth of both the terrifying incidents and the remarkable acts of generosity that brought her and Pietro together — and now to a crossroads. In the face of a mother’s ultimate moral dilemma, she finds the redemptive power of love.

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