We showed you your first look at Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch in Twice Born last month and today we have the first trailer. The film, about a motherâ€™s love for her son, an ill-fated romance and banishing ghosts from the past, is set to debut in Toronto next week
â€śGemma leaves her comfortable apartment in Rome to visit Sarajevo with her son, Pietro. An exhibit commemorating the siege will include photographs by Pietroâ€™s father, Diego. Sixteen years earlier, Gemma escaped the war-torn city with Pietro while Diego remained behind and later died. As she uses the visit to repair her difficult relationship with Pietro, she also confronts her past.
She first met and fell in love with Diego while visiting Sarajevo as a student in the 1980s. After many upheavals, the two lovers found passionate, if temporary, happiness. They desperately wanted children but Gemma could not conceive. As Sarajevo was being torn apart by the siege of 1992, they found a possible surrogate â€“ Aska, a young and beautiful musician. Gemma pushed her into Diego's arms, only to be overwhelmed by guilt and jealousy. Now, a revelation awaits Gemma in Sarajevo that will force her to face the full extent of her loss, the true horror of war and the redemptive power of love.
Actor-director Sergio Castellitto directs PenĂ©lope Cruz and Emile Hirsch in this vivid, full-throttle melodrama about an ill-starred romance set against the backdrop of the siege of Sarajevo.â€ť
So far the only confirmed post-festival release date is Italy on November 9. I expect that will change after itâ€™s picked up during the TIFF film market. Weâ€™ll keep you posted.