Luca + Silvana – The documentary
Luca and Silvana have been dating regularly for more than eight years: pizza with friends, movies on Sunday, seaside holidays with Silvana’s relatives and, as so often happens to people in love – even those who, like them, have Down Syndrome – they want to marry and spend the rest of their lives together.
The marriage would have already been celebrated, if it weren't for the fact that since the death of his parents, Luca has had a series of obstacles linked to his inheritance.
Thanks to Silvana’s mother, Claudia, some associations working in the field of disability became aware of what had happened to Luca and decided to pursue the matter with the Guardianship Judge.
Justice is a long time in coming, and every year the date of the marriage is postponed.
Tired of waiting, Silvana decides to move to the special needs residential institution run by social services in order to live with Luca.
Maybe an apartment of their own will only remain a dream, but what matters is that they can be together.
Luca + Silvana describes their journey and all the difficulties that the pair face to realize their dream. This is a love story with tragicomic undertones that will make us reflect on how our society perceives people with Down Syndrome.
Silvana has black hair, almond eyes and a round face. She was born and raised in Naples, but has been living in Bolzano with her mother for several years. Before meeting Luca, she spent the afternoons transcribing entire novels in the bars in the center of Bolzano. In addition to writing, she has a weakness for men – the handsome ones. The waiter, the postman, Francesca's friend, the bus driver... in short, she had a lot of men in her head before she fell in love. Then Luca showed up.
Luca is 52 years old, of Sicilian origin and someone who, unlike Silvana, never breaks the rules. When his parents died, he was put in the care of social services and a guardian who manages his assets. His father, despite traveling the world on ships as a sailor, was still very present in his life and raised him rather strictly. When he heard of Luca’s love for Silvana, he advised him to write her a letter. But she was only interested in the letters if it was the postman with the blue eyes giving them to her. It wasn't love at first sight: Silvana initially refused, but Luca kept writing her love letters. One day, at a party, he invited her to dance and she accepted. Once Luca's on the move, it's hard to hold him back and while they were dancing he kissed her. They haven't separated since.
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Your help matters
Shooting began in August 2018 and to date, 14 out of 25 days of shooting have been completed. The documentary is therefore in the production phase. If we reach our goal of €9,000, we will be able to shoot the next 3 days (daily cost for shooting is about €3,000), which are also some of the most important ones because they document a special moment in the story: the wedding of Luca and Silvana.
We therefore need your help to reach this important goal. Maybe we can even go beyond it! ;-)
The project has already obtained the support of several local authorities, and thanks to these contributions we have covered 65% of the budget.
If we reach the goal, we will have the possibility to cover another part of the budget, about 7%. That would put us at 72% of the total cost.
We expect the film to be completed in the autumn of 2019. To do so, however, we need to find more resources and further supporters to help us cover the remaining 28%.
For this reason, donations that will allow us to go beyond the target of €9,000 will be even more valuable!
Stefano Lisci graduated from the ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television and New Media in Bolzano, with a specialization in photography. He has worked for several years on different film sets, including Anita B by Roberto Faenza and Sils Maria by Oliver Assayas. Since 2015, among other projects, he has been running film workshops in middle and high schools. In 2016 he directed the documentary Bar Mario.
Our team consists mainly of young graduates from the ZeLIG School for Documentary in Bolzano. Beniamino Casagrande, who has extensive experience in fiction cinema, is our director of photography. Ester Seppi is the most badass woman on the set: focus puller, machinist and, if necessary, stage designer. We have two sound engineers: Patrick Bruttomesso and AmbroseSiyanga Mbuya, with them you can even hear a leaf flutter!
In production we have the tireless and always present Massimiliano Gianotti, Elena Antonin and Valentina Cramerotti. Many greatings to Sonia Galluzzo for the amazing graphics!
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Cooperativa 19 is a cultural business and audiovisual production company based in Bolzano. Its mission is to contribute to the development of the territory through the realization of cultural projects and artistic products that are able to involve people and the community through high-quality proposals of socio-cultural value. Its social purpose is also to create job opportunities with particular attention to young and female professionals.