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The Birthday

Year: 2017, 17 mins
Code: DL-Birthday

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Two Taiwanese girls, Ron and May, are living in Berlin. As Ron’s birthday approaches, the different love that they feel for each other places them before a meaningful change.

Inspired by the love poem ”A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti, the film takes place close to the birthday of Ron, a nineteen-years-old girl who is deeply in love with May, her best friend. A short time after Ron moves from Taipei, May decides to join her in Berlin.

The love between them is strong but contrasting: Ron doesn’t openly tell May her feelings but May is conscious of what she represents to her friend.

Nevertheless she keeps enjoying her life, taking all she can from Ron until she takes too much.

Her choices lead both girls to face who they are and how they might live life to the fullest.

I started studying acting in Italy during the University. After my degree in Philosophy with a thesis in cultural anthropology about contemporary dance, I moved to Rome, Wellington and Berlin where I am still living and working as an actress/performer for theatre/film.

Since 2013 I started to write/direct. Call Me Reality (2013) is my first theatre piece. In 2014 I wrote and directed The Birthday, a short film in mandarin/english language(23 Official selections/1 Nomination).

In 2015 I founded Connecting Fingers Company. My last works: Connecting Fingers (2015) , the feature documentary When I dance(2016), For the time being (2018). For the Theatre Dance: The Wheel Performance and short(2017), The Rebellious Body(2018), Sex in Translation (work in progress) and Trilogy(Work in progress).

I'm now writing the script of my first feature film Alice Still Has a Dream.

With this film, I’d like to make the viewer reflect on how even apparently simple events can be read at a higher level, how at any time we might learn something new and unexpected, with the potential to bring positive change in our life. Daniela Lucato, Director

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