Molto Bella

In the Sicilian town of Taormina, an aspiring poet in search of inspiration meets a folk singer trying to write a follow up to her breakout hit. Their chemistry sparks collaboration, challenging each other to express their thorniest secrets, growing closer all the while.

  • Alexander Jeffery
    Director
  • Alexander Jeffery
    Writer
  • Paul Petersen
    Writer
  • Joel Froome
    Director of Photography
    I Am Human, The Philosopher King
  • Andrea von Kampen
    Key Cast
    "Josie Day"
  • Paul Petersen
    Key Cast
    "Hal Flynn"
  • Andrew Francis
    Colorist
    Looper, Hereditary, Begin Again
  • Alexander Jeffery
    Producer
  • Paul Petersen
    Producer
  • Richard Wharton
    Producer
  • Amelia Clay
    Production Manager
  • J.C. Doler
    Editor
    War Paint
  • Andrea von Kampen
    Original songs by
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Romance, Music
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 31 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 21, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy, United States
  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa Anamorphic
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Heartland International Film Festival
    Indianapolis
    United States
    October 8, 2020
    Audience Choice Award - Narrative Feature
  • Sound Unseen
    Minneapolis
    United States
    November 11, 2020
    Official Selection
  • The Lake County Film Festival

    United States
    November 16, 2020
  • Omaha Film Festival
    Omaha
    United States
    March 12, 2021
    Honorable Mention, Best Feature Film
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
    Dubuque
    United States
    April 23, 2021
  • Sedona International Film Festival
    Sedona
    United States
    June 19, 2021
Director Biography - Alexander Jeffery

Alexander Jeffery was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada during the 1988 Winter Olympics. This somehow had no influence on his career trajectory, as he decided to pursue the arts for a living. In 2014, Alexander helped start the El Dorado Film Festival where he now serves as Executive Director. His short film, The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy, won the 2015 Louisiana Film Prize and went on to receive other accolades on the film festival circuit. MTV called it "an acutely relevant, achingly human film." Following “Bespoke,” he co-founded the company Bespoke Works LLC with his collaborator, Paul Petersen. Alexander received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, one in Film & New Media, the other in Theatre Performance. In 2018, he was selected to receive the Early Achiever Award from his University's alumni association. In 2019, Alexander set off to Sicily to direct his first feature film under the Bespoke banner: Molto Bella. Like his grandfather, who had a monumental impact on his life, Alexander wishes to be a lifelong student of the world.

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Director Statement

Molto Bella stands on the shoulders of several films that have inspired me over the years: Before Sunrise, Lost in Translation, Call Me By Your Name, Once and, in a roundabout way, Inside Llewyn Davis. One of my favorite experiences as an audience member is to watch two characters fall in love, but I was particularly fond of the intellectual friendship that developed in both the Before series and Lost in Translation. Having spent a bit of time traveling, I noticed that there is an inherit vulnerability in meeting someone new in an unfamiliar place.

There isn't a single kiss in this film and that's very much intentional. I wanted to blend the talents of my friends Andrea and Paul, music and poetry respectively, in a way that I thought might add a new spin on the music/romance genre. I've always been a big fan of Andrea's music and I hope this film helps more people hear it.

Molto Bella was filmed over 17 quick days in Sicily with a 6-person run-and-gun team of close friends that wanted to make a project together. Our hope is that, despite having very limited resources and only a few hands to set up shots, the film doesn't feel inhibited in any way.