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by Laura Halilovic


Gioia is a gypsy girl. She lives with her family in Turin. Her father, Armando, is anguished because his 18-year-old daughter is still unmarried and acts like a gagè, a non-gypsy. For the gypsy community Gioia is a gagè, and for Italians she remains only a gypsy. She was born in Turin but, for bureaucratic reasons, she can not get Italian citizenship. Gioia is doubly marginalized and her life is without prospects. Her only confidant is Morena, a little girl with Italian parents, who enjoys the freedom of the gagè. Morena persuades Gioia to participate to a casting for a commercial. On the set, Gioia discovers a world which can give her anything she is looking for. She finally has a dream: she wants to become a director! Gioia, driven by Morena, turns to Alessandro, the mechanic of the district, who will become her friend, confidant and mentor.

original title: Io rom romantica
country: Italy
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Laura Halilovic
film run: 80'
release date: IT 24/07/2014
screenplay: Laura Halilovic, Silvia Ranfagni, Valia Santella
cast: Claudia Ruza Djordjevic, Marco Bocci, Lorenza Indovina, Antun Blazevic, Dijana Pavlovic, Giuseppe Gandini, Zema Hamidovic, Sara Savoca, Simone Coppo
cinematography by: Tommaso Borgstrom
film editing: Cristina Flamini
art director: Marcello Di Carlo
costumes designer: Enrica Iacoboni
music: Santi Pulvirenti
producer: Mario Gianani, Lorenzo Mieli
production: Wildside
backing: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, Film Commission Torino Piemonte
distributor: Good Films
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