Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

The Solitude of Prime Numbers 2010

La solitudine dei numeri primi

Directed by Saverio Costanzo

A best-selling Italian novel about two bright, fiercely lonely misfits caught in a strange, life-long pas de deux is now a strange, fiercely unconventional love story – and a dazzling work of pure cinema. Starring Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love).

France / Germany / Italy In Italian with English subtitles
118 minutes CinemaScope



Mario Gianani


Saverio Costanzo, Paolo Giordano. Based on the novel by Giordano


Fabio Cianchetti


Francesca Calvelli

Production designers

Antonello Geleng
Marina Pinzuti Ansolini

Costume designer

Antonella Cannarozzi


Mike Patton


Alba Rohrwacher (Alice)
Luca Marinelli (Mattia)
Isabella Rossellini (Adele)
Martina Albano (Alice as girl)
Arianna Nastro (Alice as adolescent)
Tommaso Neri (Mattia as boy)
Vittorio Lomartire (Mattia as adolescent)
Aurora Ruffino (Viola)
Giorgia Pizzo (Michela as girl)


Venice, Toronto 2010


Alice, a photographer, was a golden child tailored for perfection by her ambitious parents until a ski accident left her with a limp and an enduring sense of disgrace. Mattia is a mathematical prodigy, marginalised at an early age by the responsibility he’s given for his mentally challenged sister. Director Saverio Constanzo cuts back and forth through their intermittently overlapping lives from childhood into their 40s to create a dazzling mosaic of the crucial incidents, most of which occur, tellingly, around crowded, vividly orchestrated parties – a kid’s birthday, a house party, a wedding. Luca Marinelli and Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love) astound as the adult Mattia and Alice, even taking on the radical weight changes of their tragically self-dividing characters. — BG