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.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Paolo De Felice, Alessio Di Giannantonio Emiliano Dante, Valentina Soccorsi, Gemma Giuliani, Roberta Lucrezi
Dansacro Digital Artisans
Emiliano Dante teaches contemporary art history at the University of Cassino and in recent years has directed the Festival del documentario d’Abruzzo in Pescara. He initially studied photography and came to cinema after a multifarious artistic pathway which includes painting, writing, theatre and music. He debuted as a director in 2003 with the series of shorts The Home Sequence Series, which focuses on the physical and symbolic places of his home. After other shorts, he made the documentary Into the Blue (2009), presented at the Torino FF, and the feature-length fiction movie Limen (2012).
The Home Sequence Series (2003), Payphones (2006), Into the Blue (2009), Limen (2012), Habitat - Personal Notes (2014).