Sud Side Stori
35mm - colour
There is just the slightest trace of Shakespeare’s sublime love story, Romeo and Juliet in Roberta Torre’s Sud Side Stori about prostitution. More ethnic than ever before, Torre tells the story of Romea, a beautiful Nigerian princess who sells her body at night in Palermo. Giulietto is a street singer and is taken advantage of by everyone he knows. He suffers from nosy aunts, a fat fiancée and his idol is Little Tony dressed as the Italian version of Elvis. Giuletto falls in love with Romea. Everyone is plotting against everyone else in this film that is full of black and white magicians, false relatives, patron saints, fat odalisques, town councillors… a chaotic and noisy mix of colour and base instincts. Sud side story is a musical that has no centre. It is dark, grotesque and heavy going. Part documentary and with languages that no one ever listens to.