Bergamo, northern Italy. Fede’s days are spent between school and a home run by nuns. In a corridor of the Pensionato, Fede sees Valentina, a new tenant, for the first time. In the middle of a choreography of open, semi-open and closed doors, unknown feelings arise. As sudden as the luminosity of a flashlight entering a room at night. As odd as mixing new flavours. Another world is born inside the one Fede knew, with different questions and possibilities. What does it mean to desire?
by Francesca de Fusco
with Eleonora De Luca, Nico Guerzoni, Caterina Scordo
USA / Italy 2023 Italian 13’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 14 years and up


  • Eleonora De Luca (Federica)
  • Nico Guerzoni (Valentina)
  • Caterina Scordo (Ilaria)


Director Francesca de Fusco
Screenplay Francesca de Fusco
Cinematography Sofia Camargo Hoyos
Editing Karishma Dev Dube, Christian Marsiglia
Sound Design Vittorio Giampietro
Sound Amrita Singh
Production Design Valentina von Klencke
Costumes Natasha Simchowitz
Casting Federica Baglioni
Assistant Director Clara Dubau
Producers Francesca Pionati, Allegra Isenberg, Molly Gillis

Francesca de Fusco

The Italian-American director grew up in Oak Park, California and Bergamo, Italy. She is currently a Willard T.C. Johnson fellow at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is taking a master’s degree. Her short films have screened at festivals including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Palm Springs ShortFest and the Canadian Inside Out Film and Video Festival.

Filmography (short films)

2020 Friends Like That 2023 Incroci

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023