The transition from screenwriting to directing always occurs through a revelation: the use of images. In the case of Elisa Amoruso, a screenwriter who became a director, photography was the the intermediate step to getting behind the camera. The sensibility of her gaze is perhaps a legacy of her father, who dealt in cameras. Elisa studied at the La Sapienza University in Rome, where she then attended the Experimental Centre of Cinematography. Claudio Noce's Good Morning Aman, the first film she worked on as a screenwriter, was selected for the Venice festival. Next, she worked on the script of Passione Sinistra, directed by Marco Ponti, and wrote the story and screenplay of La foresta di ghiaccio. In 2014 there was Cloro, Lamberto Sanfelice's debut, for which she wrote the screenplay, and which competed at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected for the Berlin Festival.
But Elisa Amoruso is now, above all, the director of Fuoristrada, her 2013 documentary which tells the story of a Roman mechanic and rally driver who at fifty begins dressing like a woman, taking hormones and calling himself Beatrice. When he meets Marianne, he falls in love and the two get married in the town of Nemi. At the Rome Film Festival, Fuoristrada won a special mention in the Prospettive Doc Italia section, and Elisa, abandoning the camera for a moment, found herself on the red carpet. Fuoristrada was produced by Alberto Covelli's Meloproducodasolo, Roberto De Paolis and Carolina Levi. After the award, the foreign rights to the film were also sold.
Elisa is currently completing her next project, which continues her investigation of the issue of diversity: a documentary about five immigrant women, each from a different country, and each of whom has managed to open a successful business in Italy. Filming is already completed and the documentary is currently being edited and should be ready for release in 2016.
The story of Elisa Amoruso has been written by Francesco Longo, writer.