La Famiglia (The Family)

Logline: When an Italian immigrant is falsely accused of impersonating a US citizen, he must go into hiding and finds unexpected refuge with a divorced man and his children as he struggles to clear his name and evade deportation.

Synopsis: 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 others 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 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, bringing forth his true identity. Davide’s fiance figures out their bond 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, a paradoxical love
is born out of continuous pain and lies. 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.

La Famiglia Awards

  • TOP 15 % – The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Los Angeles, Ca., 2019
  • Award Winner – (Best New York Screenplay) – New York Script Awards, 2021
  • Award Winner – (2nd place) – TMFF, October – November 2020
  • Finalist – The Golden Script Competition, 2020
  • Finalist – Seattle Film Festival, December 2020
  • Finalist – Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, Paris, France, November 2020
  • Semifinalist – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, Los Angeles, Ca., (Winter) 2020
  • Quarterfinalist – ScreenCraft Drama Competition, 2020

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