Director: Carlo Sironi Writers: Carlo Sironi, Giulia Moriggi, Antonio Manca Producers: Giovanni Pompili - Kino produzioni | Agnieszka Wasiak - Lava Films Cinematography: Gergely Pohárnok Editing: Andrea Maguolo Set design: Ilaria Sadun Costume design: Olivia Bellini
Country: Italy-Poland Stauts: In production
Supported by MiBAC, with the support of Eurimages, Polish Film Institute, IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige Film Fund & Commission (BLS), in collaboration with Rai Cinema
Ermanno, Italian in his 20’s, is stuck in life doing petty crimes in order to put money in slot machines. Lena is an indomitable, seven months pregnant, Polish girl who wants to change her life. They will be brought together by Fabio, Ermanno's uncle, who wants to buy Lena's child, Sole. Lena has come to Italy to sell her baby. Ermanno has to pretend to be the father so he can entrust the baby to his uncle Fabio through adoption between relatives. Fabio will pay them for this farce, and buy the child for his wife Bianca, who cannot have babies. By the time Sole’s weaning is over, Ermanno and Lena have come closer and behave like if they were a family. What will be of Sole? Is Lena going to give her away?
“When I was younger I could have become a father, but we decided not to. It was a tough decision to take and from that moment, a part of me started wandering about how my life would have been if I had become a father; so I asked myself, what does it mean to be a father? What does parenthood really involve? I realised it doesn’t have to do only with biology, but also and primarily with responsibility, a change of approach regarding one’s prospects. Then I fantasised about how it would feel to become the parent of a child that is not yours biologically. I wanted to depict this journey through an extreme case, a real one yet out of the ordinary. I was inspired by the world around me, where relationships are killed by the increasingly devastating existential precariousness, and money seems to be the only standard of value we are left with, and human beings are diminished to mare goods. I want to portray what it means to pretend to be something you are not and discovering through this process an otherwise unknown identity. I want to explore these themes from the point of view of someone who is dealing with the complex journey towards becoming a parent”. Carlo Sironi