The Fabulous Ones

    Le Favolose

    • Roberta Torre
    • Italy
    • 2022
    • 75 min
    • European Premiere
    • Envision Competition, Focus: Playing Reality

    “Between dream and madness we have always preferred the show.” A group of trans women who call themselves Le Favolose ("The Fabulous Ones") reunite after 20 years at the house where they once lived their fabulous lives—beyond its walls they experienced only rejection. The reason for getting together now is a recently discovered letter from their deceased friend Antonia, whose family robbed her of her true identity by burying her in men’s clothes. Emotions are running high—with moments of joy, poignancy and conflict—but they still find a remarkable way of fulfilling Antonia’s wishes.

    Le Favolose play themselves in this combination of reenactment, documentary and fantasy based on actual events. Antonia is not the only person this has happened to, and the reenacted reunion is interspersed with scenes in which the women confide their personal memories to the camera. These children of the sexual revolution broke taboos, but there was a high price to pay for freedom. “My body is a political act,” says one of them. This film is a tribute filled with color, dance and wonderful women.


    • 75 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Italian
    • Subtitles in: English
    Roberta Torre
    Stemal Entertainment for Stemal Entertainment, Faber Produzioni, RAI Cinema
    Executive producer
    Donatella Palermo for Stemal Entertainment
    Stefano Salemme
    Roberta Torre, Ilaria De Laurentiis

    IDFA history

    European Premiere
    Envision Competition
    Focus: Playing Reality

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