an outre risqué and well-known Italian gay porn star, attends the
funeral of his affluent father, while trying to keep his porn stardom
a secret. When Riki's uptight brother Federico comes to Riki¹s Rome
apartment to resolve issues surrounding their father¹s estate, he
meets Riki¹s hilariously tragic friend Luna and accidentally discovers
the truth of Riki¹s life (and even visits Riki on the set of his
newest adult film). The two brothers rekindle their relationship when
Federico assists Riki in the adoption of a young boy who unexpectedly
enters his life. A dazzling and provocative feature debut, ADORED unapologetically
celebrates the joy of sex, the glories of Italian men and the diversity
of family. ADORED comes to New World cinemas at a time when our country
is grappling with what constitutes and defines a family, and for Riki,
the idea of family is about to have meaning for the first time.
ADORED DIRECTORS STAMENT:
Among the many proposed projects that crossed my desk in 1998, the story
of two brothers polarized my attention. I decided to describe the conflict
between two diametrically opposed characters: one an apparently upright,
but one-dimensional citizen, the other a sincere, unscrupulous
was my intention to make a film about a bond between opposites, without
the mechanism of a conventional love story, by pursuing a purely platonic
attraction. I wanted to portray the relativity of morality, the possibilities
of developing and improving, in particular through people and situations
that lie outside the accepted concept of morality, and through an awareness
of the alter ego. I wanted my film to be a tribute to those who have the
courage to be themselves, no matter what it costs.
ADORED is not a film against intolerance. It is about the
absolute necessity to understand and love any and all existentialist expression
that is essentially harmless. It is a story about how various seemingly
mutually inaccessible life styles can relate to each other. It is profoundly
nonideological and respects all the beliefs that our modern multi-stratum,
multi-racial society imposes on us. The fact that I have chosen a highly
individualist story, rather than a social drama does not, as far as Im
concerned, detract from the power of the films message.
choice of a unconventional, disturbing story does not express a morbid
interest in pornography or homosexuality, but is used to underline an
interaction between cornerstones of the accepted moral code, so desperately
in need of revision, and a parallel reality.
Furthermore, the choice of high drama with comic relief
is merely in keeping with the Shakespearean art of representing every
possible aspect of human behaviour in a finely balanced mix of comedy
and tragedy. The use of direct, down to earth dialogue is a natural consequence
of the younger leads personality.
THE MEMORY MECHANISM
draw my ideas from the wealth of my emotional heritage based on memories,
dreams, mental transfigurations and cultural and aesthetic role models.
For me, reality is based more on my imagination than on personal experience.
Riki is the ultimate expression of an ongoing element in all my films:
the desire for immortality, the desperate struggle to achieve eternal
survival. This aspect of artistic endeavour has intrigued me ever since
my childhood days and my love for Proust and Marilyn Monroe is simply
a means to identify with those who leave their mark by being recreated,
regardless of whether it be at the intellectual or role model level.
The style, rhythm and contradictions of the first part of the story
place it in the comedygenre. On the other hand, the subtext,
the leading players core behaviour and several situations in the
second part are highly dramatic, therefore, the definition drama-comedy
seems to be more correct.
- MARCO FILIBERTI
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