Luciana, a Neapolitan astrologer, promises her clients a method to
make their wishes come true. All they need to do is take a birthday
trip to a certain destination to be reborn under a new sky.
Whether it’s Taipei, Beirut, or a nearby village, during these birthday journeys, the protagonists discover what they really desire. It’s a bittersweet exploration of the struggles we all face in our quest for life change.
In an old castle in the Italian countryside, Luciana, a sixty-years old
astrologer, reveals to her clients an easy way to make their wishes
come true: all they need to do is to go to a specific place on their
Barbara, a grumpy psychiatric nurse, is sent to Taiwan to release some of the tension built up with her father.
Giovanni, a practical funeral agent, has to leave his quiet life in San Daniele del Friuli, known for its delicious prosciutto, to spend his birthday on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. According to Luciana’s calculations, this is the only way for him to ensure a successor for his family business. Inseparable twins Adriana and Giuliana seize the chance to metaphorically cut their umbilical cord with a birthday trip to Beirut, while eighty-year-old Alessandra is sent by the astrologer on a turbulent winter adventure on a Croatian island for finding true love.
Whether close or far away, these birthday trips offer unexpected
transformations to the characters and help them discover what
they really desire.
Told with the humorous style of Slovak director Peter Kerekes, “Wishing on a star” is a bittersweet exploration of the struggles we all face in our quest for a better life.