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Housing

Directed by Federica di Giacomo
Produced by Raffaele Brunetti

Overview

Genre
Human Interest, Anthropology, and Social Issues
Synopsis

They’re clinging, as though shipwrecked, to the walls of a house. This is being played out in certain neighbourhoods where a dwelling is the only thing people possess. For over twenty years in Bari no new social housing has been assigned and three thousand families are on the waiting list. Inevitably, a silent war among paupers has broken out, a war in which squatters lay siege to the lodgings of anyone careless enough to leave home for a few hours too many.
The film relates the stories of four people whose every move or initiative is dictated by the fear of losing their house. They are constantly looking for survival strategies. Though they are in legitimate possession of their homes, in practice it is their homes which possess them. The home as a prison is the metaphor which runs parallel to the everyday ambition to have “a roof over one’s head”. “Housing” reveals the crazy, grotesque ordeal of the daily obsession with housing problems.

Stage
finished
Running time
90 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
B&B Film
Country
Italy
Years of Production
2009
Locations
Italy
Prod. Partners
RAI Cinema, EU MEDIA Plus programme and Apulia Film Commission

Distribution Details

Release year
2009
Festivals
Locarno, CPH:DOX, TIFF, BIF, FICCO
Broadcast (Prod.)
RAI
Language
Italian
Subtitles
English

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