Dormant Beauty

Dormant Beauty (Italian: Bella addormentata) is a 2012 Italian drama film directed by Marco Bellocchio and starring Toni Servillo and Isabelle Huppert. The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[1] For this film Maya Sansa won the David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress.

Dormant Beauty
(Bella addormentata)
Film poster
Directed byMarco Bellocchio
Produced byRiccardo Tozzi
Giovanni Stabilini
Marco Chimenz
Fabio Conversi (co-producer)
Fabio Massimo Cacciatori (executive producer)
Franco Bevione (executive producer)
Written byMarco Bellocchio
Veronica Raimo
Stefano Rulli
StarringToni Servillo
Alba Rohrwacher
Isabelle Huppert
Music byCarlo Crivelli
CinematographyDaniele Ciprì
Edited byFrancesca Calvelli
Release date
  • 5 September 2012 (2012-09-05) (Venice)
  • 6 September 2012 (2012-09-06) (Italy)
Running time
115 minutes


In 1992 the young Eluana Englaro because of an incident is in a coma. She is deemed incurable. In 2009 her parents opt to euthanize her. In Italy it isn't legal to do this; the Catholic church and politics are hurled ruthlessly against them.

In the meantime episodes occur among acquaintances of Eluana — a young woman decides to kill herself, wanting to ingest a massive dose of heroin. She is persuaded to stop by a doctor. A member of the government of Berlusconi refuses to align himself with the party and plans to vote against a bill that will make euthanasia illegal.


See also


  1. "Venezia 69". labiennale. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
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