Still from the film © Stefano Lachetti
Tell us how this film happened.
I was working on another film but not really committed. But there were three pages I found impressive. They described a little girl who is thrown out by her parents. With nowhere to go she wanders the streets of Rome with her suitcase and her black cat in a carrier. My friend and co-screenwriter Barbara Alberti was struck by the image and we started working on a script based on that idea.
What was the highlight of the shoot for you?
My 12-year-old daughter Anna-Lou’s debut. She’d never acted in a film before. She’s the sixth generation in our family of film-makers.
Can you tell us about your next project?
I’m working on a script for a film set in early 1990s Detroit. The birth of techno, the decline of the Motor City. I love working with young actors.
What types of films have influenced you?
Melodramas full of plot twists. Fassbinder, above all, is ingrained in my subconscious.
Thursday 22nd May / Debussy Theatre / 2 pm - 10 pm
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