Private Project

Deaf Love

Two young people, love and a wild and wonderful island populated only by deaf people. Paolo is a musician and he is totally in love with Claudia, a girl he has never actually met but with whom he texts a lot. In order to meet her, he will leave for the island where she lives and he will stand up for her and their love.

  • Michele Bertini Malgarini
    Romolo + Giuly (Fox Italia)
  • Claudio Esposito
    Baikonur, Earth (Rai Cinema)
  • Andrea Mangia aka Populous
    Original Soundtrack
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Voler Essere Felice ad Ogni Costo
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Romance
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    53,000 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    RED 8K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 16° Sedicicorto International Film Festival
    October 11, 2019
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Michele Bertini Malgarini

After being graduated in Art History cum laude, he started to take his first steps in the world of cinema as Luca Guadagnino’s assistant, supporting him on the set. In 2013 he directed The Geekerz, a web series produced by Multiplayer and which was presented at the Roma Fiction Fest. In the 2014 he created the web series L’Amore ai tempi del Precariato and he won the Solinas Award. The first season was produced by Rai Fiction. In 2016, he won the Roma Web Festival, with the pilot of Romolo and Giuly. 2018 is the year of the successful series Romolo + Giuly: the Italian world war, produced with Wildside and Fox.

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Director Statement

The world of the hearing impaired is unknown and fascinating, rich in narrative potential not yet developed by the Italian cinema. A world in which the purely verbal manifestation is contrasted with a complex visual language, characterized by the communicative power of signs. A language made of lips to be interpreted, body movements and glances. In this short film, we measured ourselves with numerous language codes on different levels, trying to make this evocative and mysterious universe, unknown to many, as real as possible.

Thanks to the patronage of ENS, the National Institute for the Protection and Assistance of the Deaf, we have collaborated in the making of this short film, signing up participants who belong to this reality and in order to fully understand the communicative dynamics, the protagonists were trained by LIS tutor teachers. The director’s style approach in this comedy has been anti-rhetorical with the use of light, delicate and self-ironic undertones.

The short film "DEAF LOVE " aims to continue the process of integration between non hearing impaired and hearing impaired people. We tried to do this by narrating a simple story which aims to unite two apparently distant but incredibly close worlds.