La Famiglia ( The Family )

Logline: After being accused of impersonating a United States citizen by a Homeland Security officer, an Italian immigrant goes into hiding and finds work and love with a divorced man with two children.

When life becomes unfair, sometimes there is no other way but to flee from what troubles us. So, some of us run away from the law, and some of us from ourselves. Yet, the truth finds a way to catch up with us and it finds a way to break through our walls of pretentiousness. La Famiglia is a screenplay that deals with the act of fleeing from danger. It reveals the consequences of lying to ourselves and others.

The screenplay presents two different men that are escaping from their troubles. Antonio Camerino is a gay man wrongly accused of impersonating a United States citizen. He goes on the run. He hides from the law and finds a job caring for Davide Calabria and his two sons, Luca and Franco. The two men connect through a need. One needs to hide from police officers, and the other needs a caretaker for his children. These characters’ common denominator is that they both lie, which brings unrest to their loved ones. Davide keeps his sexuality a secret from his boys and his fashionista fiancé, Dorothea Phillips, even though she senses the truth. In no time at all, Davide falls in love with Antonio, and it brings forth his true identity. Dorothea figures out the bond they share and becomes determined to separate them.

From the start of its plot, La Famiglia shows the unrest of its characters. It builds up their efforts to hide until the characters cannot hide anymore, thus spilling their hearts out and embracing honesty. Yet, out of continuous pain and lies, a paradoxical love is born. It snatches away the masks of the two men who have no other option but to embrace this undeniable feeling that consumes them. Once the lies are over, the two characters manage to find happiness, and the environment around them supports their romance, leaving no more room for prejudice or shame.

  • Frank Gaimari
    Writer
    Vincent and Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood, La Famiglia (The Family), Circus Animals, The Succubus, Browne's Addition, The Beginning #1, Browne's Addition, The Birthday Party #2, Browne's Addition, The Passing #3, Browne's Addition, The Identical Twin #4, Browne's Addition, The Anniversary Party #5, Browne's Addition, The Envious Partner #6
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Number of Pages:
    108
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Academy Nicholl Fellowships
    Los Angeles, California
    July 25, 2019
    Finalist
  • LA International Screenplay Awards (2020)
    Los Angeles, California
    April 26, 2020
    Semifinalist
  • The Golden Script Competition 2020
    Glasgow, UK
    June 15, 2020
    Finalist
  • Beyond The Curve International Film Festival
    Paris, France
    November 19, 2020
    Finalist
  • Seattle Film Festival
    Seattle, Washington
    December 17, 2020
    Finalist
  • TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival
    Glasgow, UK
    December 22, 2020
    Best Feature Screenplay - 2nd Place
Writer Biography - Frank Gaimari

Frank Gaimari was selected Top 15% in the Nicholl Fellowship contest in 2019 with his script La Famiglia. His latest and most bestowed screenplay, Vincent and Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood, is a dramatized account of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin's tumultuous relationship. Frank's other scripts include Mary Reid, Circus Animals, Browne's Addition, and Simply Outrageous.

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