Le ferie di Licu
by Vittorio Moroni
Italy 2006; 93 min
Licu and Fancy are two young Muslims. He lives in Rome, she in Bangladesh: they do not know one another. Their families arrange their marriage. Fancy moved to Rome one year ago, and since then they have been striving to learn to live together.
The young Bengali immigrant Licu is an optimistic happiness seeker.
Flexible, hard-working and charming, he has secured a job in Rome in a
field that is dear to him: fashion. But despite his remarkable adaptability,
he finds himself stuck between the Muslim customs he was raised with and the
Italian way of life. For one thing, his female colleagues in Rome are far
less inhibited than he is accustomed to. When a letter arrives containing
a photo of his future bride that his parents have chosen for him, it seems
he will be able to combine Bangladesh and Italy in one and the same future.
This turns out to be easier said than done. The marriage negotiations do not
progress very smoothly, floods ravage his native land, and his Italian
employer shows little understanding for his long absence. But when he
returns to Rome with his bride, the true challenges await him.
I did my best to prevent the subjective perspective
of my gaze from immediately turning into a judgement on what was going
on around me; I wanted my gaze to reveal itself only through the
attention paid to certain details, certain silences and certain gazes.
I tried to bring up the same questions that were urgent for me, leaving
to the viewer’s sensitivity the possibility of freely relating to the
main character’s contradictions – suspended between two worlds and two
sets of values – and the story’s contradictions, running through the
surprising unraveling of events, but also through their underground
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Born in the Alps, Vittorio Moroni got an early interest in storytelling, writing short
stories, and in photography. Yet, he had no particular interest in cinema: "Before 19, I watched
most films on tape or TV, because the choice of movie theatres in Sondrio was quite poor".
While at university in Milan, attending classes in Aesthetics and Philosophy, his interest
in cinema finally gained momentum: he enrolled into the Milan Municipal Film School,
and graduated in Film Direction in 1995. In the same year, he made the short Quasi
una storia (Almost a Story), followed in 1997 by Eccesso di zelo (Eccessive
Zeal), which received awards in Nanni Moretti's Sacher Festival and in numerous European
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