After a mysterious accident, Francesco, a 40-year-old engineer, retires to a little town on the Lake Iseo. Along with his little daughter, he lives in his family’s ancient Villa, a magnificent Liberty-style building brushed by the water. There is also someone else living there, whose presence is only perceived through the echo of the life-support system keeping this mysterious person alive. However, there are even more disturbing and dangerous presences lurking around the Villa. What happened to this man and his family? What secrets is he hiding? Will Marta, a childhood friend of Francesco who has always been in love with him, be able to awaken him from his slumber and free him from pain? And, above all, will the people gravitating towards the house manage to escape this looming danger that threatens their lives? The answers are buried within the walls of the villa, a silent truth keeper.
"Respiri arises from a simple question: how capable are we of living with pain? A feeling of which we are all aware, one way or another. Sometimes we try to repress it, while other times we blow it out of proportion. In our everyday life, in the big and small events of life, when we love, pain is always with us. It’s an indivisible part of our existence, whether we like it or not. We know it, but we are not always able to deal with, understand and accept it. This is where Francesco’s story begins, as he has to deal with a deep pain as a result of the environment in which he lives: the family house by the lake, full of rooms and corridors, the dark garden, the water that seems ready to swallow everything and everyone, the mysterious presences looming over people and things. Breaths is a mind travel in the spirit of the glorious Italian popular cinema."
Director, screenwriter, copywriter, Alfredo Fiorillo started to work in cinema and advertising after getting a degree in Literature and a master in film directing and screenwriting. From 1999 on, he has been working actively as copywriter. He directed advertising campaigns for companies such as Nokia, Siemens, IBM. He has directed many short films and he has written many scripts. He has realized as author and director the TV shows E-Volution and E-Motion. Respiri is his first feature film. In 2012 he set up the production company L’Age d’or, with which he has produced Respiri and several commercials.