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November 6, 2022

Some of the participants of the Gender Border Film Festival 3rd edition

Cinema Franco Parenti Milan, Italy


We are in Milan to present “Deep Throat” (“La Vera Gola Profunda”) as part of the Gender Border Film Festival at the prestigious Teatro Franco Parenti, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. The 3rd edition of the festival features 8 films in competition and 2 out of competition. For a complete listing visit: “Deep Throat” will be shown as the closing night film following the awards ceremony.

From the Official Gender Border Festival 3rd Edition Program

"Deep Throat" (Out of competition)

Linda Lovelace, worried because in the body of her numerous mercenary amorous performances, she confides in her friend and colleague Helen who advises her, after an intense and useless excercise, to resort to the teachings of sexologist Freud. On the other hand, having ended up in the study of Jung, Freuds' rival, Linda finds herself suffering from a strange sexual anomaly and settles down with the scholar as his assistant.

A talk will follow, moderated by Fabrizio Zanoni, critic and author, together with Christar and Gerard Damiano, daughter and son of the director.



Dal programma ufficiale del Gender Border Festival 3a edizione

“La Vera Gola Profunda”

Film fuori concorso: Linda Lovelace, preoccupata perché nel corpo delle sue numerose prestazioni amorose mercenarie non prova il massimo del piacere, si confida con l’amica e collega Helen che le consiglia, dopo una intensa e inutile ulteriore esperienza, di ricorrere al sessuologo Freudus. Finita, invece, nello studio di Jung, rivale di Freudus, Linda si scopre affetta da una strana anomalia sessuale e si assesta presso lo studioso come assistente.

Seguirà un talk moderato da Fabrizio Zanoni, critico e autore, assieme a Christar e Gerard Damiano, figlia e figlio del regista.

Fabrizio Zanoni: Critico. Nel senso che adora proprio l’esercizio della critica. L’argomento è secondario. Scrive dal 1994 e si è occupato professionalmente di cinema, musica, teatro e in tempi più recenti anche di critica gastronomica per La Guida de L’Espresso. “Cambio perchè mi annoio a fare sempre la stessa cosa”. E’stato a capo per oltre un decennio di Video Impulse, la terza più importante rivista al mondo di informazione sul mondo del cinema per adulti. Ha creato oltre 20 anni fa ancora oggi il principale forum di informazione italiano su sesso e pornografia che ha raggiunto anche i 30.000 visitatori unici giornalieri. Ha scritto di eros e dintorni per innumerevoli quotidiani, settimanali e mensili e collaborato a trasmissioni televisive sul tema sia per la Rai che per Mediaset.





Fabrizio Zanoni

Critic. In the sense that he really loves the exercise of criticism. The argument is secondary. Since 1994 he has written about cinema, music, theater and more. Recently he has become a food critic for La Guida de L 'Espresso. The head of Video Impulse (the magazine of adult cinema), for more than 20 years, Zanoni created which is still considered the main Italian forum on sex and pornography


Christar and Gerard Damiano Jr

Visual Artist & Filmmaker Gerard Damiano Jr. and Sound Healer & Performance Artist Christar Damiano are the only children of director Gerard Damiano Sr. They grew up in Queens, New York, in a house that always seemed to have film in the refrigerator. They were on location in Miami with their family during the filming of Deep Throat. Reacting to their father’s arrest and subsequent prosecution, their mother reassured them that “People don’t understand him because he’s ahead of his time.” Gerard and Christar believe that their father’s time has finally come. They have dedicated themselves to preserving his legacy and continuing his fight for Freedom of Expression without censorship through their company Damiano Films.


The closing night film of the festival

Some of the participants of this years 3rd edition of the Gender Border Film Festival

Rolling out the red carpet

Accreditation. All Access at the Gender Border Film Festival

The official T-Shirt of the festival

Photographer Massimo Giovannini presents portraits which fluidly cross the “gender border.” Without photoretouching, but using only makeup and lighting techniques, he presents his subjects as both male and female.

Renowned burlesque performer and Executive Director of the Silk Ribbon Cabaret Team, Ella Bottom Rouge with the Damianos.

Gender Border Film Festival 3rd Edition

“Deep Throat” returns to Milan

About the Theater

The Teatro Franco Parenti was founded in 1972 as the Salone Pier Lombardo’ by Franco Parenti and Andr’e Shamamah. Upon Parenti’s death in 1989, Andr’e Shammah assumed full management of the theatre, and chose to name it after the deceased co-founder without changing its eclectic vocation. The theater’s program also featured an equally vibrant and diversified range of cultural events, concerts, film exhibitions, conferences, festivals, and presentations, making Teatro Parenti a point of reference on Milan’s cultural scene.

The theatre went through a major renovation from 2004-2008 with a design by Michele De Lucchi. Today, it includes three halls for performances, two foyers, two rehearsal rooms, new dressing rooms and offices, a space for post-performance refreshments, and a cafeteria. It remains one of the historic institutions of independent and experimental theatre in Milan.