Main character: Mara Romero Heredia
Mara Romero Heredia (1996, Haarlem) is one of the main characters of Lieve Vincenzo. She has many passions: traveling, yoga, meditation and cooking. Because she likes to listen to and learn from other people, she works as a human resources coordinator at a hotel in Amsterdam. ⠀
In the fall of 2018, she got into a conversation with a passionate man, Vincenzo Mancaniello, at a coffee shop in Amsterdam West. Sharing his life stories with her, she quickly discovered that he often felt alone. She decided to meet with him.
And while talking, a special friendship was born, which to this day has many beautiful, but also difficult moments.
Main character: Vincenzo Mancaniello
Vincenzo Mancaniello (1941, Acerenza, Italy) is a retired factory worker. He spends his old age in the Staatsliedenbuurt in Amsterdam-West, where he has lived for many years.
Vincenzo grew up in Acerenza, a small village in southern Italy where residents got their water from a well for a long time, even in recent years. Because the jobs were not up for grabs, he moved to Amsterdam in his twenties. He worked for cable company Draka in Noord for about fifty years. During these years he married a blonde Amsterdam woman, Beatrix, with whom he had daughter Lucia. ⠀
After a lifetime together, he lost his daughter in 2009 and his wife in 2014 in cancer. While trying to pick up the thread, he met Mara in 2018, with whom he built a friendship.
Character: Carla Wals
Carla (1947, Landsmeer) and her husband became friends with Vincenzo and his wife on a holiday in the former Yugoslavia, some 40 years ago. Her daughter Jolanda started talking to Vincenzo's daughter Lucia: the starting point of a close and long-term friendship between the two families.
Character: Jolanda Hulsebos
Jolanda (1978, Landsmeer) is the daughter of Carla. A social animal and a cheerful woman with a strong drive for justice, she says. As a little girl, she befriended Lucia, Vincenzo's daughter. The families became friends and have remained unchanged to this day.
Character: Rini de Groot
Rini (78) is the neighbor of Vincenzo. She has known him for 23 years, ever since she moved to the Staatsliedenbuurt herself. Rini is known as the woman who knows everything and everyone around. She keeps an eye on everyone, including Vincenzo.
Director: Steef Bouwman
Steef Bouwman (1998, Voorschoten) knew early on that he was above average interested in news stories. As a sixteen-year-old HAVO student, he was already interviewing amateur footballers for a local news website. During his journalism training he discovered his love for audiovisual storytelling. Steef has now completed an internship at RTV Utrecht and worked as a reporter and editor for programs of NPO Radio 1 and 2. In addition to news stories, he is also involved in human interest stories. He made a series of reports with ex-homeless people and a mini documentary about comedian Hassan El Rahaui.
Director: Loïs van Wijnen
Loïs van Wijnen (1996, Leeuwarden) is a passionate journalism student with a predilection for human interest stories. In the book Blootgelegd (Exposed), a book about psychological trauma, one of the interviews was written by her. She also wrote for the journal Sociale Vraagstukken (Social Issues). Commissioned by Erasmus University Rotterdam and Movisie, she talked to the elderly about loneliness and connection, which resulted, among other things, in a mini-documentary series.
Composer: Gregor Bak
Gregor Bak (1961, Delft) makes the music for Lieve Vincenzo. Gregor is a musician to the core. Not a day has gone by without him sitting behind the piano. He studied classical piano and studied musicology at the University of Utrecht. As a pianist, Gregor is very versatile: he plays from classical to pop music. Since 1993, Gregor has been a conductor of the Ural Cossack Choir, whose music can be heard in the popular Netflix series Fargo.
Animator: Mahmood Shakoori
Mahmood Shakoori (1989, Tehran, Iran) creates the animation for Lieve Vincenzo. Mahmood is a very versatile artist. He knows how to surprise with his illustrations, paintings, photography and animations. In 2015 he fled from Iran to the Netherlands. He has been studying Animation at the Utrecht School of the Arts for a few years. In the autumn of 2019 he made an animation for the television program 2 for 12 of BNN-VARA.