Cast & Crew
Architect Luca has come to restore an elaborate house in the Jewish quarter that's inhabited by Lio, a reclusive, well-known novelist. Only other visitor is Giulia, who seems to take care of the old man and has a mysterious relationship with a Russian, Sacha. Luca is flattered when Elio lets him read the manuscript of his latest novel, about a pair of wartime Jewish lovers who meet many years later when he is a famous composer and she a singer. He wants her to be in his latest opera, about Shylock and Jessica. As Luca reads the book, he imagies himself and Giulia in the roles of the lovers.
Feature directorial debut for Matteo Bellinelli.
Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (in competition) August 6-16, 1997.