Valeria Testagrossa

Writer-director

Italy

Valeria Testagrossa is a writer, director and cinematographer.
She has directed various documentary films that have been screened in festivals such as Visions Du Reel, Idfa, Torino Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Docs DF, Mar Del Plata.
With her cinema she explores the connection between small intimate stories and social, political context.
She studied Visual Arts in Bologna University, Multimedia Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking in Westminster University, Cinematography at Shot Academy in Rome. In the past she worked as photographer and journalist, since 2012 she dedicates completely to cinema.
Valeria Testagrossa is based in Rome and is now writing and developing her first fiction film DOR.

Project

Dor

Gioia is eighty. She lives in Rome with Ana, her fifty-year-old Romanian caregiver. Their relation consists in long silences and sharp remarks. But behind the protective barrier, the two women share many intimate moments and have an ironic complicity. They both have a passion for music. Gioia was a well- known pianist. Ana used to sing in a choir of traditional Romanian music. One day Gioia wakes up to find Ana has disappeared mysteriously. Gioia’s daughter, Carlotta, hires Alina, a young cheerful Romanian, to take care of her mother. But her personality is not enough to cheer Gioia up. She’s depressed and stays in bed all day. Alina is at the height of concern when a phone call changes everything. At the other end of the line, Ana’s daughter, Nicoleta, tells Gioia her mother is not well and accuses her of being responsible. Ana had a daughter? Gioia had no idea of that. She takes a decision, she will go to Romania to look for Ana and understand what has happened.