Penelope Cruz stars opposite Emile Hirsch in director Sergio Castellitto's melodrama Twice Born. The film finds Cruz in the role of a single mother with a teenage son who relives a love affair with an American photographer in the early '90s by way of flashbacks.
The film is scheduled to make its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next week and marks the fourth film directed by acclaimed Italian actor Castellitto.
Here's the official synopsis:
Set against the Balkan Wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Twice Born stars Penelope Cruz as Gemma, a woman with a past of considerable complexity. Summoned to Sarajevo by a phone call from an old friend, she catches a plane with her teenaged son to visit an exhibition of photographs taken by an ex-lover. This return to Bosnia triggers a flood of memories as Gemma remembers the passionate times she spent with Diego (Emile Hirsch), a young and exuberant American photographer, just before the Winter Olympics in 1984. Theirs was a magical love, perfect in every respect, until her desire for a child steered their relationship in an unexpected direction. When civil war breaks out, their personal life becomes inextricably intertwined with the horrors that surround them. As Gemma squires her son around present-day Sarajevo, the past continually intrudes, upsetting the delicate equilibrium that has allowed her to forget and move on with her life.