15 min / narrative / 2012 / Italy
filmmaker: Riccardo Di Gerlando
A beautifully shot silent film – a man witnesses the physical mutation of a young woman with Down syndrome.
Set in the Italian region Liguria and more specifically at the Hanbury Gardens and Bordighera’s Villa Etelinda, the movie deals with the theme of disability emphasizing how ephemeral is the distinction between normal and different, especially when related to love.
The protagonists are two young adults with Down syndrome. Holding hands, they picture themselves living their pure and honest love in an imaginary world, inspired by a few posters hung on an old wall.
She imagines herself as a long blonde haired girl, he pictures himself as an attractive young man, passionately in love. They seek, look, and meet each other. By meeting each other in their fantasies, they actually meet themselves in reality, as they are, in a touching bond of love and happiness.
Sam has a passion to be a dancer, but is too shy to realize her dreams. When Peaches (her magical inner-diva-cum-drag queen) materializes on one night, Sam’s dreams transform into reality.
Daisy waits in a bar for her online date – he is late. A man offers her a drink and she mistakes him for the date who has stood her up.
Tom holds a secret in his human heart; a wing beat and a flutter, and it’s bursting to take flight in this tale of magical realism.
Lou may have Down’s Syndrome but she is more than capable of looking after herself and she longs for independence.
A teenage girl who feels left out and ignored by her peers, is inspired to do something audacious in order to get noticed.
A playful and unsentimental portrait of Rene, a young man with Down syndrome, made by his close friend Duane Graves.