“To make this film, for about five years now, the whole crew of The Crown Shyness and I have spent time with Benjamin and Joshua. From the affection I feel towards them came the need to create a character-driven documentary. Thanks to this film, I had the chance to support Benji and Josh in an authentic storytelling of themselves in the world today. I believe The Crown Shyness is a unique experience for the viewer, who is able to observe a slice of life of two teenagers with an intellectual disability, a point of view not often portrayed in the media.”
After obtaining a degree in film directing in Rome, Valentina Bertani (Mantua, 1984) directed music videos for artists such as Ligabue, Negramaro, Arisa, Stadio, and Dolcenera. She has made commercials for the likes of Gucci, Valentino, Zalando, Adidas, Heineken, Kartell, Bvlgari, and Pirelli. In 2016 Valentina directed the 2nd unit of the Disney production Tini: the New Life of Violetta. For Fox, she also shot a documentary about the singer Luciano Ligabue. Having finished The Crown Shyness, Bertani is writing her first narrative feature film with her sister Nicole.