Special Presentation: World Premiere
Australian Premiere

The Space Between

Pioneering new ground as the first Australian-Italian feature co-production is writer-director Ruth Borgobello’s touching sensory delight, The Space Between, making its world premiere at LIFF. 

Marco (Flavio Parenti) is a 35 year-old ex-chef who has given up his career and any sense of hope to return to Udine in Northern Italy to nurse his ailing father. Even when offered a job at a restaurant in Melbourne, he declines using his father as the excuse. 

When tragedy strikes, the only glimmer of joy arrives in the form of Olivia (Maeve Dermody), a spirited Australian chasing her dream of working in design while on a family mission in Udine. Against the stunning vineyards, rugged mountains and blue Adriatic of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, these two very different people find themselves at a crossroads that will change their lives forever.

The Space Between is a celebration of the Italian spirit of la dolce vita – a stylistically and emotionally beautiful film appealing to the romantic in all of us.

Ruth Borgobello and Maeve Dermody will be attending selected sessions around the country. Check Event pages for details.

Ruth Borgobello
Flavio Parenti, Maeve Dermody, Lino Guanciale, Fulvio Falzarano, Marco Leonardi, Giancarlo Previati, Antonietta Bello, Patricia Mason, Zita Fusco, Alberto Torquati
To me, one of the most revealing moments in life is the strange intersection between love and loss…
Ruth Borgobello

Ruth Borgobello graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002. Her graduate film, Claudia’s Shadow, won a number of awards and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival among others. Her follow-up short, The Gift (2004), gained a cinematic release in Australia. The Space Between is her debut feature film.