A London Film School
graduate, who worked as an assistant to Bernardo Bertolucci
and Anthony Minghella
, Ginevra Elkann
is known on the indie circuit as a producer of standout titles such as Swahili-language drama “White Shadow,” and also “Chlorine
,” “Short Skin
” and Babak Jalali
.” She’s now made her directorial debut with “Magari” (“If Only
”), a sentimental comedy about the disconnect felt by kids with divorced parents, produced by Wildside
. The film was significantly chosen by Locarno’s new artistic director Lili Hinstin
to make her own debut. Elkann spoke to Variety about the elements that come together in “If Only,” the central one being the children. From the outset “it was clear that they were the key,” she notes.
Let’s start with the story. It’s not directly autobiographical. But as is often the case with first works, I think you worked with what you know.