La Sorpresa is the story of Antonio (Mario Ierace) a dying father, Adriana (Adriana Caggiano), the daughter forced to act as head of the household and Rocco (Rocco Fasano), the nurse trying to help. The story centers on Adriana and her struggles in coming to terms with the severity of her father’s illness after having already lost her mother. That loss and the secret behind her mother’s death has left Antonio without the will to live. Adriana’s struggle is real as she tries to act as a caregiver but cannot get passed sterile conversation and seemingly meaningless questions. Rocco, who uses his job to escape his own reality, does it with such passion that he takes on the role of a son, while Adriana watches helplessly knowing that she could never emotionally connect on that level. La Sorpresa is demonstration of how a stranger picks up the pieces when a family member can’t. I think it’s a universal story and a common situation that many people go through when a parent or close family member falls terminally ill. I asked cast member and Potenza native Rocco Fasano to shed some light on the story and his character. Our interview was done in Italian, so both versions are included.
If you are in Potenza, the premiere of “La Sorpresa” will take place tonight at 8:00 PM at the Cineteatro Due Torri located at via Due Torri, 5. The phone number is 0971.21960.