Dario Albertini was born in 1974 in Rome, Italy. Starting out as a photographer, he continued as a documentary filmmaker, overseeing every aspect: script, cinematography, sound, music. MANUEL is his first fiction feature film and it premiered at Venice IFF. It is the story of a young man, Manuel, as he prepares to leave the foster home in which he grew up. This film is based on Albertini's experience while shooting the documentary LA REPUBBLICA DEI RAGAZZI .