Regional Competition

The Special Need

Carlo Zoratti
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 2  
25.02. / Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 3  
01.03. / Saturday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 3  
02.03. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 1  
02.03. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 4  
02.03. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
02.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 3  
Twenty-nine-year old Enea is 'super-mega-duper smart and handsome', but he's also autistic. He has never had sex but really wants to, and there's nothing wrong with his body that should stand in his way.

As Italy doesn’t offer any legal solution to his problem, Enea embarks on a road trip with his friends Carlo and Alex. They start out at an Austrian brothel, then try a Swiss 'sex assistant,' and finally decide to go to Hamburg and meet a group of German sex workers trained to deal with disabled clients. What started out as a quest for sex soon becomes a journey into Enea’s most intimate feelings and a way for his two friends to explore their own conceptions of love, friendship and freedom.


Carlo Zoratti

Carlo Zoratti was born in 1982. He graduated in interactive design at the Turin University before moving to Fabrica, Benetton's communication research center founded by Oliviero Toscani. He worked there for two years before becoming a freelance‑filmmaker and director. He directed several music videos, short movies, the live show of the Italian pop star Jovanotti and funded the Italian web-TV Pronti Al Peggio. His experience varies from fiction to documentary. The Special Need is his first feature documentary film.

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The Special Need

Germany, Italy, Austria
2013, 82', DCP

Directed by:
Carlo Zoratti

Screenplay by:
Cosimo Bizzarri, Carlo Zoratti

Julián Elizalde AEC

Edited by:
David Hartmann

Dario Moroldo

Henning Kamm, Fabian Gasmia, Erica Barbiani

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

DOK Leipzig 2013 – Golden Dove – Outstanding German Film; Trieste Film Festival 2014 - Alpe Adria Cinema Award for the Best Documentary (ex-aequo Stream of Love); Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival – IDFA 2013; Locarno International Film Festival 2013