The Person de Leo N. / La Persona de Leo N.

As a twelve-year-old boy, Nicola de Leo already knew she wanted to become a woman. Today, the now forty-year-old transsexual lives in Venice and has changed her name to Nicole. She has undergone a hormone treatment and grown breasts, but she still lives inside the body of a middle-aged man, including a penis, a beard and a substantial Adam’s apple. This is why Nicole is applying for a sex change through official channels. ‘I never thought it would be so hard. I thought making the decision was enough,’ she says. During five tense years, Nicole fights her emotional and physical struggle in the presence of director Alberto Vendemmiati’s camera. Working as an actress, a seller of carnival masks and a prostitute, she finances her cosmetic treatments and looks forward to the subsidized sex change operation. Meanwhile, she turns to her elderly mother for support, who has a hard time accepting that her son will soon be a daughter.



Country of Production

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal

85 min

Alberto Vendemmiati

La Fabbrichetta, Alberto Vendemmiati, Zaroff Film

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

IDFA 2005 (Joris Ivens Competition)
DocPoint Helsinki 2006
One World Human Rights FF Prague 2006
Thessaloniki IDF 2006
DocAviv Tel Aviv 2006
Munich Documentary Festival 2006
SILVERDOCS Silver Spring 2006
Pärnu IFF 2006
Sheffield IDF 2006
Verzio Human Rights FF Budapest 2006
Cardiff IFF 2006
WATCH DOCS Human Rights FF Warsaw 2006
Seoul Human Rights FF 2007
Netherlands Transgender Film Festival Amsterdam 2007
Hamburg Gay Lesbian Film Festival 2007
DOKMA Maribor 2007
Warsaw Gay Lesbian Film Festival “Pryzmat” 2007