“I got the idea for a film starring Porpora in 2015. I read her books and became fascinated by her story, the evolution she had undergone, and the stories of other trans people she shared. But I still couldn’t find one that resonated with me on a personal level. Not until I came across the story of Antonia: a story that stands for all those individuals betrayed on their final journey and robbed of their personal history, their identity, and the transition they had undertaken in their own lives. This film is a step forward in the quest for freedom, a tribute to those who turn their own lives into just this quest, and a homage to their strength, courage, tears, and joy, despite it all.”
Screenwriter, director and author, Roberta Torre is well-known as one of the most eclectic artists on the Italian scene. She was born in Milan and earned a philosophy degree before attending the Paolo Grassi Drama School and Luchino Visconti Film School. She made her directing debut with two musicals: To Die for Tano, about the Mafia, and Sud Side Story. Her films have won awards at leading festivals, such as Venice, Cannes, and Sundance, as well as several David di Donatello and Silver Ribbons for To Die for Tano (1998), Angela (2001), The Dark Sea (2006), Lost Kisses (2010), and Bloody Richard (2017).