The Special Need

  • 9.3 10
  • 2013
  • 78min
The Special Need
  • Italian
  • English

29 years old Italian Enea really wants to have sex. As Italy doesn’t offer any legal solution to the desire of a person with autism like him, Enea sets out on a journey to Northern Europe with his friends Carlo and Alex. What begins as a search for physical love will eventually end up posing more questions and finding new, unexpected answers.

AWARDS: Grand Jury Prize. Dallas International Film Festival/ Best Film. Festa do Cinema Italiano/ Golden Starfish Award. Hamptons International Film Festival/ Golden Dove. Leipzig Dok Festival/ Audience Award. SXSW Film Festival/ Audience Award. Trieste Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Locarno International Film Festival/ IDFA/ Golden GLobes Italy/ Golden Ciak Awards/ DocAviv Film Festival/ CPH:DOX 

The Special Need, a van trip to love

Enea is an Italian man with autism who works at a textile factory and enjoys hanging around with his two best friends. But Enea also devotes a lot of time to wooing the women that he come across in his little provincial town. And this is not an isolated behavior, you see, he's is almost 30 years old and is still a virgin. Finding his dream woman has become almost an obsession.

Enea's repetitive strategy does not work, and his two best friends decide to do something about it. Among them is Carlo Zoratti, who from the closeness to our protagonist directs this captivating documentary. A van trip to Austria to visit a brothel seems to be the perfect trigger for a youthful and cool adventure, like a road movie from the seventies. During the tour, Enea and his companions will receive great lessons on the unpredictable nature of love.

Carlo Zoratti
Carlo Zoratti Director

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