David di Donatello Award for Best Supporting Actress, Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Director and Best Actress


“If I have to die, I want to die my way” Maria’s time flows along with the river. She walks firmly, her hood up. A hand-to-mouth life, without dreams nor desires, spent taking care of her mother and at the service of a merciless, bejewelled old lady. With her brave-eyed Pit bull, Maria ferries pregnant women across the river, leading them to an infernal fate. But hope will pay her a visit, in its most ancestral and powerful form, as miraculous as life itself, teaching Maria that staying human is the greatest of all revolutions.

Edoardo De Angelis:

Edoardo De Angelis, born in 1978 in Naples, is an Italian filmmaker and screenwriter. He participated in the Kustendorf Film and Music Festival with the films GINO PACINO’S MYSTERY AND PASSION (2008) and BEACH BOY (2009). He has directed the feature films MOZZARELLA STORIES (2011) and PEREZ (2014). THE VICE OF HOPE (2018), his most recent film, was part of the Toronto Film Festival 2018.


Pina Turco, Massimiliano Rossi, Marina Confalone, Cristina Donadio, Marcello Romolo

Original Title

Il vizio della speranza


Edoardo De Angelis


Edoardo De Angelis, Umberto Contarello

Director of Photography

Ferran Paredes Rubio


Chiara Griziotti


Enzo Avitabile


Tramp Limited, O' Groove, Medusa Film

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