Twelve students from Bologna’s writing school Bottega Finzioni, in the framework of the ancient village of Iano in the hills of Sasso Marconi. Jana is a forty-six-year old woman who has worked as a prostitute for the last eleven years. Body and money: those are the elements from which the story begins. The participants are immediately captivated, while Jana with her mischievous and reassuring presence removes their shyness, bringing the students to put themselves in the spotlight.
Wilma Labate was born in Rome. After gaining experience in the field of documentaries and after working as director's assistant for numerous Italian directors, in 1990 she made Ciro il piccolo, as a part of the project entitled "Notti d'Europa" on RaiSat, which was composed of thirteen episodes dedicated to thirteen European cities. Her second full-length film, La mia generazione, received numerous national and international prizes and recognitions, including two Grolle d'Oro and an Oscar nomination for best foreign film.
Ciro il piccolo (1990), Ambrogio (1992), La mia generazione (1996), Lavorare stanca (1997).
“After a year of classes at Bottega Finzioni, I felt the need to bring the students out to get some field experience, to shake them from the classroom’s listlessness, and to reveal a few set secrets. I decided to leave theory and words behind, and to try something more extemporaneous and active, which is also distinctive of the teaching approach used by this school from Bologna. The students’ desire to experience something concrete is what gave me the chance to put on stage the human body, the only treasure we own and a true instrument of communication.”
Wilma Labate, Sara Olivieri, Michele Cogo
Francesco di Giacomo
Jana, Laura Pizzirani, Orso Jacopo Tosco, Monica Guarini Matteucci, Camillo Acanfora, Paolo Carati, Lorenzo Pullega, Eva Brugnettini, Andrea Forgione, Luigi Brandonisio, Francesco Tedeschi, Elisabetta Sinopoli, Emanuela Busà, Michele Ottoveggio, Laura Cimino, Giulia Rovelli