Gabriele Galli is thirty, and possesses infectious enthusiasm and clear ideas. He's a director, but also an actor, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. His heroes are Mario Monicelli and Ettore Scola, and his favourite film is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, but when he was imagining Naomi, the little girl who is one of the stars of Super Italian Family (the TV series which won the Project Zero competition), he looked to Lisa Simpson for inspiration, and out came a politicised, wry little animal rights activist who's as sharp-witted as Demosthenes. Gabriel would happily talk for hours about Breaking Bad, but the next play he wants to stage is Lo Scarafaggio, based on a story by Dino Buzzati. He studied in England, but wants to work in Rome, and indeed, Roman-ness is so important to him that the music for the series was written to sound like stornelli, the old Roman folk songs. Yes, that's what being thirty means: knowing how to be versatile. Having clear ideas, even about being able to change them. Choosing fluidity as a strength.
Super Italian Family is a TV series (written with Daniele Esposito) which revolves around the titular family, which includes an obsessive gambler and an underage prostitute as well a grandmother who dreams of her past lover and who, the one time she decides to play the lottery, wins – even though no one can find the priceless lottery ticket. The narrative revolves around the frantic search for this lottery ticket and the hypothetical happiness that has already begun to disrupt their daily life. Gabriele focuses on the fact that family relationships communicate the present and speak to us all, provoking a smirk of painful recognition. As he speaks about the freshness of this project, however, he also remembers the emotional commitment of the previous one (La vita degli altri, a documentary about a former water polo player in a coma). And now, as he waits for Super Italian Family to be screened at the Roma Fiction Fest, he secretly hopes to win the lottery just like grandma Vittoria so that he can invest the winnings in big, modern soundstages and experience the thrill of being a producer too.
The story has been written by Gaia Manzini