Habitat - Personal Notes

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    Habitat - Personal Notes

    Habitat - Note personali

    Directed by

    Italy

    2014

    55 min

    • Italian

    Documentary

    HABITAT is a film about living in L’Aquila after the earthquake – therefore about the earthquake as everyday life and not as breaking news. It’s the story of three tent mates in one of the 2009 tent-camps. One, Alessio, was a squatter and became a real estate agent; the second, Paolo, owned apartments in the very center of the town and now, while he’s got nothing to rent anymore, he’s become a painter. Alessio lives with Gemma in a settlement totally destroyed by the earthquake; Paolo is about to become a father in a very unstable situation. The third tent mate is Emiliano, the director of the movie. He makes a documentary while experiencing the alienating reality of the C.A.S.E. settlements, the house built for the homeless by the Berlusconi Government after the earthquake. He faces with their being “non places”, places without identity, far from the town as well from the history and the culture of the place.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Alessio Di Giannantonio
    Paolo De Felice
    Emiliano Dante
    Gemma Giuliani
    Roberta Lucrezi
    Valentina Soccorsi
    Screenplay
    Emiliano Dante
    Cinematography
    Emiliano Dante
    Paolo De Felice
    Valentina Soccorsi
    Editing
    Emiliano Dante
    Music
    Emiliano Dante

    Director's Statement

    HABITAT is a movie about relationships over time; relationships between people, and between people and places. Universal themes which assume particular connotations in L'Aquila: among the rubble, the past is further away, more visible and more useless. And among the CASE settlements, new prefabricated housings made by Berlusconi in the middle of nothing and already falling apart, the present is more present: it has no yesterday and it has no tomorrow.

    Production
    DANSACRO DIGITAL ARTISANS
    Emiliano Dante

    Emiliano Dante

    Italy

    My movies come from my personal needs: the need to understand, the need to express, the need to explore and, most of all, the need to struggle. Necessity is the mother of all my movies.

    Emiliano Dante (L'Aquila, Italy, 1974) teaches contemporary art history at the University of Cassino and in recent years has directed the Festival del documentario d’Abruzzo in Pescara. He initially studied photography and came to cinema after a multifarious artistic pathway which includes painting, writing, theatre and music. He debuted as a director in 2003 with the series of shorts THE HOME SEQUENCE SERIES, which focuses on the physical and symbolic places of his home. After other shorts, he made the documentary INTO THE BLUE (2009), presented at the Torino Film Festival, and the feature-length fiction movie LIMEN (2012). He is also a photographer and has held exhibits in Europe and Latin America.