The Heart of a Doll

original title:

Cuore di bambola


Veronica Tulli, Fiammetta Bruni, Guido Maurizio Doria, Daniele Re, Igor Giagnorio, Francesco Felli, Alessia Torroni, Eleonora Notaro, Simona Marrazzo, Francesco Fagnoni, Fabio Fortunati, Mirko Dettori, Lilith Primavera, Manuela Alabastro, Giuseppe Tulli, Nadia Dipilato, Eleonora Petroni, Chiara Tomassoni


Antonio Di Domenico, Luigi Antonio Conte


Gabriele Di Domenico, Giorgio D’Ottavio



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VERONICA TULLI, aka LULU RIMMEL, is a 25 years old girl with imperfecta osteogenesis or "brittle bone syndrome".
Veronica is an exceptional performer: she’s very small but when she sings she doesn’t go unnoticed. Thanks to her qualities, she performs as the singing doll on the stage of the Freak Show.
She likes “to be the doll that lets you play, but on her own terms”. She’s fed up of being regarded as a disabled girl and refuses to become discouraged by obstacles; she wants everything in her life, with no compromises, and she is willing to face any difficulties in order to fulfill her dreams.

The idea of The Heart of a Doll was born on the set of a documentary about the Italian Paralympic athletes, for which I was the director of photography. What impressed me when working with the Paralympic athletes was the beauty and sensuality of those different yet perfect bodies. Then I met Veronica Tulli: young, beautiful, sexy, talented, ambitious, charismatic, stylish and... disabled. I realised, when we were shooting with Veronica, that we weren’t, in fact, making a documentary about disability. We were telling the story of a girl, with her own vision of the world and of love, who wanted to become a pop star. A seductive artist with an extraordinary talent. Veronica is small, she has the proportions of a doll, a character she often plays on stage. I chose to stay close to her with the camera, to adapt the point of view to her size. The frame is thus populated by an oversized world, offering at times a partial vision of things and people. Veronica's mellow and cheeky voice guides us in this new vision.