The first seven films in competition at the Berlin Film Festival have been announced. Representing Italy is Laura Bispuri’s new film Figlia mia (My Daughter), the story of a
9-year-old girl torn between the loving mother who raised her and the biological mother who wants her back. Starring Alba Rohrwacher and Valeria Golino as the mothers and newcomer Sara Casu, the film was shot in rural Sardegna, which has vast landscapes that contrast the film being set in the present.
In an interview with Variety, Gregorio Paonessa of Vivo Film called the plot a “very contemporary theme.” He said the film is "totally in line with Laura’s journey as a director” explaining, "her films have always been meditations on the female condition. In the first one it was gender identity, now she is taking further a step and tackling the theme of maternity.” Bispuri has said that American writer A.M. Homes’s memoir The Mistress’s Daughter was her inspiration behind the film.
This is Laura Bispuri's second time presenting at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2015, she presented her debut feature film, Vergine giurata.