The white house


In the Campania hinterland, a woman hosts an important camorra boss. Their encounter will radically change their lives undermining the woman’s certainties.

Original title: La casa bianca

Directed by: Francesco Romano

Based on a story by: Armando Iovino

Treatment: Armando Iovino, Francesco Romano, Mara Fondacaro, Matteo Petecca

Script: Armando Iovino, Francesco Romano, Mara Fondacaro

Country: Italy; France

Producer: Raffaella Pontarelli ( Amarena Film) 

Co-producer: Giovanni Donfrancesco (Bocalupo Films)

Status: In Development

Format: Fiction Feature

With the support of: FCRC ( Film Commission Regione Campania)

                                  Italy/France Co-developed Fund MIC/CNC

Early ‘90s. The Campania hinterland. Felicetta, 43, feels marginalized by her family and the social context in which she lives. One day, a Camorra boss asks her for shelter. The man does not seem to be as bad as the reputation that precedes him. He shows care and attention for her. The encounters become more and more frequent. Until he disappears unexpectedly, destroying the illusion of an impossible relationship. He will return but something has changed. He has become suspicious and paranoid. Felicetta will have to come to terms, on the one hand with the echo of a strong feeling for him, on the other hand with the limitations of an oppressive relation that he would like to impose on her.

Author's biography

Armando Iovino used to work mostly in theater as actor/author with the most interesting directors of the Italian contemporary theatre landscape such as Oscar De Summa in Amleto a pranzo e a cena; “Chiusi gli occhi”, “Un Otello Altro” ; Massimiliano Civica in “Sogno di una notte di mezza estate” ; Alfonso Postiglione in “La riunificazione delle due coree”. Cofounder with Marta Gilmore of the theater company IsolaTeatro with whom they staged L’Isola, Senza Lear, Brucia, Friendly Feuer. In November 2019 they debuted at Teatro India, Rome, with the monologue “The White House”, inspired by his short story.

Director biography

Francesco Romano was born in 1992. Graduated at CSC, Italian National Film School in Rome, he also studied visual arts. He completed the training lab Atelier di cinema del reale (Filmap), directed by Leonardo di Costanzo.  In 2017 he co-directed with Carlo Manzo the documentary Sub tuum praesidium which premiered at Festival dei Popoli. Between his shorts Tropicana (2020) which won the “Best Director Award “ at Alice nella Città; Ambasciatori (2021), both produced by CSC Production. 

Developed within  TFL Feature Lab 

                             Alpi Film Lab 

Language: Italian

Location: Italy (Campania hinterland) 

Delivery: Autumn/Winter 2024

Genre: Drama