Habitat - personal notes

Year of participation 2016
Program Documentary Competition

Habitat - personal notes
Producer(s) Emiliano Dante
Director(s) Emiliano Dante
Script Emiliano Dante
Director of Photography Emiliano Dante
Music by Emiliano Dante
Sound Emiliano Dante
Edit Emiliano Dante
Cast Paolo De Felice, Alessio Di Giannantonio Emiliano Dante, Valentina Soccorsi, Gemma Giuliani, Roberta Lucrezi
Production company(-ies) Dansacro Digital Artisans


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.

Best Feature Film, Lo Spiraglio FF, Rome, 2016, Best Film,  Intimate Lens Ethnographic FF, Caserta, Italy, 2016,  Best Direction, Astidoc FF, Asti, 2015, Best Film, Istanbul International Architecture And Urban FF, 2015, Best Documentary, Clorofilla FF, Grosseto, Italy, 2015, Special Mention, Molise Cinema FF,  Casacalenda, Italy,  2015, Special Mention, Festival Del Documentario d'Abruzzo, Pescara, Italy, 2015, Special Mention, Genova FF, 2015

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