Madame Luna (LUXFILMFEST)
Sélection Officielle - Hors CompétitionDaniel Espinosa, 115 min, 2023 - Italy, Sweden, Denmark
Almaz has made her way to a refugee camp in a southern Italian coastal town. But before her journey, Almaz was known as the formidable Madame Luna: a criminal operator from Eritrea who smuggled migrants for profit. Now amongst the passengers of a crossing that she helped to organize, Madame Luna has reverted to her birth name in the hopes of starting over. But Almaz finds that escaping the past is no easy task, and she is soon pulled into schemes equally as corrupt as the ones she left behind. This heady character study of a callous and resourceful ex-criminal is intensified by Juan Sarmiento G’s immersive, hand-held camerawork. Screen newcomer Meninet Abraha Teferi delivers an exceptional performance as the titular character.