What would you do if suddenly as a rich bourgeois from the city center you found yourself in a run-down periphery, with no money and begging for hospitality in your own house? Moreover, your hosts in your house are African illegal migrants who have converted your house into a sort of brothel. Well, maybe you will become one of them. This is exactly what happens to Lorenzo, the main character of CONNECTION HOUSE.
Best Director Award Roma Web Fest 2016 – Webfest Berlin 2017
Web series. Italy 2016
PROLOGUE – DOWN TO NETHERWORLD
Lorenzo lives with his family in Posillipo, e beautiful residential area by the sea, in Naples, and works in dad’s company. Suddenly, company goes bankrupt and debts would deprive him of anything. His grandmother Rosa dies and leaves him a detached villa in Castel Volturno: he would take this as a sign of destiny. Despite mom and dad don’t believe at all he might be able to survive by himself in that infamous place, known to be just a black ghetto, nevertheless he decides to go, to start a new life. Once he arrives in what he thought was just an empty house, he comes across a group of migrants who have been living there for more than 10 years. When he threatens to call the police, he gets thrown off the window.
FIRST EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF LIBERTINES
Lorenzo realizes he has no alternatives: the house, at this point, is Abbess’s, because she has been paying the bills for 20 years and nobody has ever claimed the property over all these years. The African guys know by heart laws and codes regulating acquisitive prescription. Lorenzo, with no money in his pockets, has no other choice than begging them to let him stay. The African guys, Nokia, Spike B and Biggy, with the consent of the Abbess, decide to give him a chance and to introduce him to the hot spot of the house: the place managed by Angela, the so-called Connection House, the core of everything.
SECOND EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF STINGY AND WASTEFUL
Lorenzo lives in the house now and he makes himself at home, but he has not realized yet how things work in such a place as Castel Volturno; he seems to be abusing of his new friends’s hospitality. Once others make him notice that, he justifies himself telling them he actually went looking for jobs, but his bourgeois approach and rich CV looked ridiculous in that area. His housemates give him an ultimatum: if he is not able to find a job, he must go away, if he wants to stay, he must go to Kaliffoo Ground.
THIRD EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF FORGERS
Lorenzo does not want to go to work in a construction site anymore; he would do anything not to be exploited again like any other illegal migrant. This is exactly what his housemates were waiting for: the expected outcome. Now, Lorenzo is ready to become an outlaw and to join the gang. His first job will be getting married to a Nigerian prostitute for money. However, the prostitute is not that bad and soon Lorenzo will fall in love with her. Once received the first payment, there is no way back: now, Lorenzo is a fully-fledged member of the gang.
FOURTH EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF DECEITFUL
Lorenzo is now a real crook, maybe even more skillful than his teachers are. He is able to seduce Patrizia, a clerk of a rental car, and to steal a car with the help of his friends. When they get stopped at a police block, he manages to convince officers pretending to be a volunteer for Caritas, but that is not all. At the very moment he is lying to the officer shamelessly, a TV news crew approaches him and starts interviewing him. His image of heroic humanitarian worker committed to help poor Africans goes around the TV set of the whole nation. When his family watch him, their heart gets full of pride and immediately call him to congratulate.
FIFTH EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF MURDERERS
Out of revenge, “Lampedusa”, the kitten Biggy had adopted, gets skinned alive by the bad guys. Jack Daniel’s, the dreaded Nigerian mafia boss and his gang, Palma, O Sic and O Chiatt, get into the picture; from then on, everything changes and the plot entangles, because we find out that Joy has never settled her debts to the Nigerian boss and, consequently, he claims his property. The good guys, led by Lorenzo and the Abbess, must find a way to ransom her. There are many obstacles and, if that was not enough, black magic was in there too. Poor Lorenzo also gets punched in the face and, in the usual final gag of Skype call with the parents, Joy, now a friend of them, takes the piss out of him.
SIXTH EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF SYCOPHANTS AND SEDUCERS
Due to intolerance to peanuts, Lorenzo finds himself at the hospital and the parents, once the Abbess had told them what happened, rush to visit him. Problem is that Lorenzo has never told them about the occupation of his own house or about the kind of people living there and the illicit trafficking they carry on. In order to avoid embarrassing situations, his friends help him out by pretending to be legal tenants. However, while they are all at home, Jack Daniel’s turns up unexpectedly at the first floor carrying a Brazilian transvestite in full overdose. When Lorenzo goes upstairs to see what is going on, he spots an almost dead body lying on the table of the Connection House.
SEVENTH EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF MAGICIANS AND FORTUNE – TELLERS
Lorenzo finds himself with an almost-dead Brazilian transvestite upstairs and his unsuspecting family downstairs. In this episode, the action goes frenetically from up to down and vice versa. In the Connection House, the bad guys do not know what to do; they are in total panic. Downstairs, Lorenzo must pretend with his family that everything is ok. Joao the transvestite fights for his life, but eventually Lorenzo is able to resuscitate him, by using the electricity wires as defibrillator. Despite all the mess, parents are not aware of anything. The bad guys flee leaving Joao in the house but they are not aware that the transvestite is still alive. Lorenzo has saved face and has also the life of someone who could be very useful to him in the future.
EIGHTH EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF GREEDY
Joao has recovered and he is now dispensing wise hints to Lorenzo, explaining him that his mission is to declare his love to Joy and to ransom her from her debts with Jack Daniel’s. All sounded so easy, but how to do it? The Abbess is nervous and also the others do not know what to do. During the discussion between Lorenzo and Joao there is a surreal scene: a kiss at rum baba. Lorenzo’s African friends enters the room at the exact moment Lorenzo and Joao kiss; they call him a pervert, despite Lorenzo’s efforts to explain himself. The episode ends with the gag of Skype call, where Spike B explains Lorenzo’s parents his son needs to do coming out or at least to declare his bisexuality.
NINTH EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF TRAITORS
Apparently, everything is calm at the Connection House; everybody is waiting for the final face-off. Lorenzo and his gang have an ace in the hole: Joao can be used against Jack Daniel’s either to make him lose his face in the homophobic world of Nigerian mafia or to frame him with the police. But Jack Daniel’s is more cunning than what they think and he manages to fool them. With the excuse to come to an agreement, he asks for a meeting with all of them to settle down thinks like real men. However, while he is at the meeting, he orders his men to kidnap Joy, who had been left home alone, defenseless. When Lorenzo realizes that, it is already too late. Jack Daniel’s had her kidnapped and now they need to think of a plan to set her free.
TENTH EPISODE – IN THE CIRCLE OF BRUTES
Lorenzo is thinking of a plan desperately, while his friends chain-smoke joints to get relaxed, because they are convinced this is the best way to express their creativity. Clearly, they get so stoned they are not able to think of any plan. Instead, Joao has an idea. He explains Lorenzo and the others how to fool Jack Daniel’s: he tells them about the ‘drug mules’ and how Nigerian mafia smuggles cocaine and heroin into the country, with the help of people from Eastern Europe, who swallow these ovules and carry them in their belly. The plan is kidnapping one of these mules and trading him with Joy. 250.000 Euro vs. 50.000 Euro, the amount of a mule’s load vs. the ransom to get Joy back. Through a spectacular coordinated action, they manage to complete the plan successfully. The episode ends with a noisy fart and the relative ejection of ovules from the mule’s system, exactly when police bursts in to arrest everybody.
EPILOGUE – RESURGENCE TO ATIPODES OF HELL
Lorenzo and Joy are finally free and planning a life together. Now, it is time for her to know Posillipo, the area where Lorenzo was born and bred, to take her to the sea where he used to go when he was a child and to eat at his sister’s with his parents. Sveva, Lorenzo’s sister, is going for food shopping for lunch when she realizes she has forgotten the car keys; without meaning to, she overhears a telephone conversation of her husband. The perfidious spouse is explaining to his unknown interlocutor how he managed to get their company bankrupt and then to acquire it for nothing in order to re-sell it and make a lot of money. Sveva could not believe that; the cause of all their misfortunes is her husband. She decides to talk to her brother to see what they can do about it. The episode ends with a round-up of all characters telling us how our hero, Lorenzo, has turned from big baby into real man. Now, he is finally ready to fight this new fight, which will take place in the second season.