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Locarno Residency 2022 | Italy
Victoria Fiore (1988, London) is an Italian film director based in Naples and Rio de Janeiro. Her debut feature documentary Nascondino premiered in competition at the London Film Festival in 2021 and CPH:DOX in 2022, and her short documentaries have played internationally at Oscar-qualifying festivals and have featured on The New York Times, VICE, NOWNESS the BBC and more. She is currently developing two fiction projects based on reality; the feature film Aida, and the series Beautiful Things, selected for the Torino Next Series Labs. She also offers workshops and mentorships to young people entering film.
2016 My Deadly Beautiful City
2017 Sounds of Tehran
2018 Fire Games of Napoli
Based on a true story, Aida is a magical-realist tragicomedy that takes us to a village in the heart of the Italian Alps, to a modern love story thwarted by a rising wave of nationalist racism. Shy rural worker Aldo has never quite fit in, despite his lifelong desire to join the local mountain volunteers community. But his world changes when he unexpectedly meets a mysterious West African migrant, Aida. They dance in the same, peculiar way, and their wish for acceptance and stability plunge them into love. When Aida is evicted from her migrant centre and left destitute and undocumented, Aldo hides her in his abandoned mountain refuge- where also he finds other migrants in the same situation. Although Aldo tries everything to keep this a secret, the community finds out, leading to violent clashes, and a scheme to have Aldo deported. A conflicted Aldo, together with his prize-winning chicken and an appearance on a reality dating show, must choose which side he ultimately is on.
When this story unfolded within my family, it brought back past memories of being a Southern Italian child in my mother’s Northern community. The “other” has changed, but the prejudice remains, and is growing. Through a tender yet stinging lens, I ask: where does this discrimination stem from?