Vancouver’s most cosmopolitan street – Commercial Drive – is the beating heart of Carolyn Combs’ compassionate and heartfelt ensemble drama. Bella Ciao! is a film about home, displacement, isolation, and solidarity. Unfolding over the course of one day, the film hinges on Constanza (Carmen Aguirre), a Chilean refugee and activist whose relationship with her daughter is tested by serious health concerns they would rather not confront. But this is just one thread amidst an Altmanesque carnival of characters from myriad walks of life: artists, hustlers, restauranteurs, and the coffee house consiglieri who converge on the Drive. Viva East Van!
- Runtime: 84 minutes
- Genre: Feature
Carmen Aguirre, Tony Nardi, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Taran Kootenhayoo, Marie Clements, April Telek, John Emmet Tracy, Frank Ferrucci, Leonard Tenisci, Alison Denham, Massimo Frau, Amanda Burke, Rene Salomon, Ann Hepper, Michael O’Neill, Sylvi Maccormac, Gavin Langelo, Billy Marchenski, Ben Rugg, Tiffany Moses, Gordon Grdina, Miles Ellis, Pimon Martell, Dale Rose, Jazmine Campanale, Ana Carrizales, Remma Alacoui, Naomi Ambrose, Antonina Ananda, Ross Barrett, Claire-Louise Brown, Kimberley Buller, Marie-Eve Caron, Dolores Dallas, Terreane Derrick, Charlotte Doerr-Johnston, Audrey Farbatuk, Diane Groleau, Krystein Home, Banno Ibrahim, Brenda Koch, Claire Love Wilson, Carol MacLean, Marlo Mason, Pat McClain, Royane McFarlan, Ian Migicovsky, Fred Pincock, Darcy Pocklington, Christopher Quine, Tim Sars, Calen Sinclaire, Bryan Siver, Helen Spaxman, Dave Taylor, Megan Thom.
- Director: Carolyn Combs
- Producer: Carolyn Combs, Michael Springate, Carla Jones, Karen Wong, Victor Martinez Aja, Robert Murphy
- Production: Commercial Drive Productions, Aja Entertainment, RNR Media
- Distribution: Commercial Drive Productions
- IMBD: IMBD.com
- Website: https://www.bellaciao.ca/
- Screening Details:
Vancouver: April 10 at Vancity Theatre with opening-night red carpet premiere + check for additional screenings at Canadian Film Week April 14-22
Winnipeg: June 12-16 at the Winnipeg Cinematheque +
Q&A with Director, Carolyn Combs & writer, Michael Springate