Private Project

Figs For Italo

A world at war. A brother and sister. A day that changed their family forever.
Figs For Italo is based on a true story and inspired by actual events.
Dora is about to enjoy yet another family gathering at her home.
A simple question from a journalist who is about to interview the next door neighbor, takes Dora back to a significant day in her life: It is autumn, 1943, in Dora’s small hometown in the hills of Italy. WWII is raging all over Europe and is about to change her and her family forever.
Figs for Italo shows how the past ripples into the present and how it is often very much alive and very close to the surface.

  • Bob Celli
    Going Home
  • Bob Celli
    Going Home
  • Laura Delano
    Going Home
  • Bob Celli
    Going Home
  • Claudio Brovedani Nuti
    Key Cast
    Claudio is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Since then he has been working professionally as an actor and writer for both theatre and film in United States as well as Europe. His film work includes: Opening Night (a Short Film), Snow, Forgotten Kingdom, and Forgotten Kingdom: The Divide. He can also be seen in The Case of Josephine H., a documentary.
  • Valerie Smaldone
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    38,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    1920 x 1080p - 23.98fps
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.78 (16.9)
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Bob Celli

Bob Celli is an award winning Producer/Director and actor. He and Laura Delano created DelanoCelli Productions.
Film work includes Going Home, a short film written and directed by Bob and produced by DelanoCelli/Jouve Productions. It was an official selection at the Moab Independent Film Festival, the Gold Award Winner for Best Dramatic Original Short at the Houston International Film Festival, Winner of the Best Short Award at The Northampton Independent Film Festival, and Winner of Best Original Short at the 2003 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
Most recently DelanoCelli Productions workshopped and produced the world premier of Down Range, a play by Jeffery Skinner. The production was sponsored by Beth Davis In Good Company and all profits form the production were donated to Soldiers Heart, a veterans' return and healing project addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of veterans, their families and communities.
They were associate producers of the Off-Broadway show Circle by Suzanne Bachner. Circle was the winner of the OOBR for best ensemble cast and SPOTLIGHT AWARDS.
Together they have worked extensively in New York City as producers and also as actors. Laura has appeared in Fame, Slow Dancing in the Big City, The Warriors, The Chosen, and Stardust Memories.
Bob has appeared in As The World Turns, The Onion News Network, Going Home, Down Range and Circle.

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Director Statement

Many of us have grown up hearing stories of our families’ histories. These memories have the power to affect and alter lives. I have heard my family's stories of the time during and after World War II my entire life. It is one of these stories that has inspired me to make this film.

The experience I aspire to communicate with Figs For Italo is that of a journey. Not only a journey from point A to point B, but from past to present. Reality through an ethereal lens of memory. The inspiration came to me after a conversation with a friend. We were discussing the possibility that we as humans have a collective connection; people connect on a sub-atomic level of shared energy. We are all recycled atoms of exploded stars when the universe expanded and formed itself. The more energy/atoms we share, the more we seek out and attempt to reconnect with our universal beginnings.

Sometimes those re-connections can be smooth and effortless; other times they can be turbulent. In the end, the simple fact remains, we all just want to be remembered.