The Habit of Beauty

Centred around the themes of dreams, love and loss, the movie is a heartfelt drama telling the story of Elena (Francesca Neri) and Ernesto (Vincenzo Amato), a couple bitterly torn apart by the tragic death of their son Carlo, who find a new lease for life when they meet a troubled English boy, Ian (Nico Mirallegro), who becomes their surrogate son.

Three years after the accident, Ernesto a photographer working in London discovers he has a terminal illness and attempts to reconnect with his successful ex-wife, Elena. As time goes by the family somehow recreates itself with Ernesto and Elena realising that helping Ian out of his troubled life, is the only way to get through their immense grief.

Two years to write the screenplay and another two years to raise finance and assemble an Oscar / BAFTA and Emmy-winning cast and crew, including Francesca Neri (Almodovar’s ‘Live flesh’) Noel Clarke (JJ Abrahams’ Star Trek), DOP Fabio Cianchetti who shot the last four Bertolucci films, editor Esmeralda Calabria who, with Nanni Moretti “The son’s room”, won The Palme d’Or, and Oscar-winning Art Director David Bryan.

The Habit of Beauty distributed worldwide with 3 theatrical releases in Italy, UK and Spain and partecipated to 28 International Film Festivals, receiving 4 awards and 3 nominations. Funded by MiBACT and Rai Cinema.


The Habit of Beauty

  • - 89 minutes
  • Genre Drama
  • Budget $1M
  • Location UK, Italy
  • Director Mirko Pincelli
  • Director of Photography Fabio Cianchetti
  • Producer Enrico Tessarin, Mirko Pincelli, Cristiano Bortone
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  • Cast Francesca Neri , Vincenzo Amato , Nico Mirallegro , Noel Clarke , Nick Moran , Kierston Wareing , Mia Benedetta , Michael Warburton
  • Editor Esmeralda Calabria
  • Music by Peter Michaels, Cosmo Jarvis in collaboration with Ninja Tune
  • Sound Árni Þorbjörn Gústafsson
  • Selected By PFM London
  • Festivals and Awards World Pr. Montreal World Film Festival - 28 International Film Festivals, 4 awards and 3 nominations
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