Country: Italy
Year: 1995
Duration: 12'

A family made up of a father, a mother, their children fiveyearold Brooke, seven-yearold Fonzie, and elevenyearold Lucy and a grandfather is at dinner. Observing them, we learn some of the characteristics of life in the posttelevision era. Then, there will be no need to cook. It is enough that you desire your favorite food to see it materialized on your plate. Only the youngest child, Brooke, has not yet learned how to desire. Instead of a baked fish, a live fish floats in front of her in the air. Brooke and her older sister prod the grandfather with questions that make him yearn for the good old days of television. This is a less tiring world and Brooke seems lo be attracted to it, a world where even desires can be suggested. However, she and her brother and sister do not know television and their mother does not want the grandfather to confuse them. They will have a wonderful life if they only learn to desire. The meal ends when the deserts are eaten vigorously in virtual reality... because you know desserts are bad for your teeth. The screenplay has been realized with the aid of "The Giovani Ciak Award for the best original screenplay" organized by Mediateca del Cinema Indipendente Italiano.


film director

Petra Esparza

Petra Karina Esparza was born in 1962 in Delmenhorst, Germany, of a Mexican-American father and a German mother. She has studied in Germany, on the island of Elba, and in Brownsville, Texas, where she graduated from high school. In 1985, she graduated in International Relations from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. In 1993 she worked as assistant to the painter, Aldo Mondino, at the Venice Biennial and at other exhibits. In 1994 she wrote screenplays in collaboration with the director, Gianni Barcelloni. In 1995 she was the dialogue coach on the set of Giorgio Capitani's film, Concerto di Natale.


Desideria (1995).


& Credits

Regia, sceneggiatura e scenografia: Petra Esparza.
Director of photography: Paolo Bonazzi.
Sound: Paolo Favaro.
Editor: Igor Mendolia.
Cast: Daniele Carmi, Daria Carmi, Diletta Carmi, Elio Carmi, Laura Carmi, Sue Ellen, Lina Migliardi, Renzo Montagnani.
Production company: Mediateca del Cinema Indipendente Italiano della Citt` di Torino, Index, Unistudio, CM, Euphon, c/o Mediateca del Cinema Indipendente, Assessorato al Sistema Educativo, via Assarotti 2, 10122 Torino, Italy, tel. +39011-4424926, fax +390115612548, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Piazza San Giovanni 2, 10122 Torino, Italy, tel. +390114310733, fax +390115212341.