Daniela and Fouad live in Gubbio, on the Umbria hills, but they both come from the sea. She is from Bari and he is from Casablanca.
Their bodies bare the signs of a tough life and a severe dependence from alcohol. They met by chance and started to take care of each other, growing a profound and healing bond. Fouad moved to Daniela’s place and they shared the same roof for two years.
Now that Fouad needs a residency permit, in order to get access to the health assistance he needs, he proposes to Daniela. She seems fine with the idea but just a few days before the wedding, the ambiguity of Fouad’s feelings starts worrying her. Is it possible to stage a wedding with someone who really loves you?
Adriano Valerio is a law graduate from the University of Milan, with a thesis about “Crime of contempt of State religion in Italian cinema”. He studied cinema with Marco Bellocchio before moving to Paris, where he did a Master in Fine Arts at the International Film School of Paris (EICAR). He’s still today teaching Film Direction and Film Analysis in the same school. He also collaborates with the Fine Arts Lebanese Academy in Beirut, the Institute Marangoni and the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris. He took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Locarno Film Academy.
His short « 37°4S » won the David di Donatello and the Nastro d’Argento Special Prize (2014), besides a Special Mention at Cannes Film Festival (2013).
His last short « Agosto » won a Special Mention at Venice Film Festival (G.A.I. section, 2016). His first feature « Banat » was presented in Venice at the Critics’ Week (2015) and was nominated at the David di Donatello for Best Emerging Director.
Written and directed by: Adriano Valerio
With: Daniela Brandi, Fouad Miftah
D.o.p: Diego Romero Suarez-Ilanos
Editing: Alice Roffinengo
Sound: Enrico Ascoli
Produced by: Dugong Films (ITA) Films Grand Huit (FRA)