Luca Ferri finishes The House of Love
- This film about a trans woman called Bianca, selected in the Forum section of the Berlinale, concludes the documentary filmmaker’s “Trilogy of the Apartment”
After Dulcinea [+see also:
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film profile]. Three films shot entirely within three domestic settings, in as many formats and narrative modes.
The subject of The House of Love is Bianca Dolce Miele, a woman born with the body of a man. She is 45 years old, lives in Milan and has been a sex worker since she was 16. For twenty years she has been engaged to Natasha, a transwoman of Japanese origins who temporarily lives in her house in San Paolo, Brazil, for work and personal reasons. Although they haven't seen each other for two very long years, their bond remains strong and the distance doesn't seem to have affected it. This is the pivotal moment of the film: a love story made of long telephone calls, waiting, absences immersed in a daily life punctuated by meetings with clients, most of them regulars, and by the rare but trusted friends who populate her home and her life. With the passage of time, Bianca has also grown attached to them, but her constant thoughts are about Natasha, who is finally about to return.
In the director’s note, the trilogy is described as “a body of work in which the author confronts themselves with and explores the spatial limitations of the narrative. These are three obsessive and pathological feature films in which the loneliness of the characters’ lives is always put in a relationship with the architectural space they inhabit”.
Pietro De Tilla and Andrea Zanoli collaborated on the cinematography of The House of Love, while Chiara Tognoli is in charge of editing. The film is produced by Andrea Zanoli of Lab80, Federico Minetti of Effendemfilm, in association with Enece Film, Prima Luce, Start.
(Translated from Italian)
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