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The Honest Courtesan

Synopsis

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In love with another, but forced to marry a vile elderly man so that she can escape the life of prostitution compelled onto her by her courtesan mother, Veronica Franco, a teen in 1563 Venice must return home after her father's gambling addiction has placed the family into insurmountable debt, all while she studies under a great master of the arts in order to fulfill her goal of becoming a great literary figure.

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Veronica

The Honest Courtesan

Elisa Guidelli
Meltea Keller
Ilaria Malvezzi

TV Show

Logline

Her mother is her pimp, but she strives to become a recognized poet. This is the life of Veronica Franco, a prostitute who fights to earn her place in the high society and to conquer the heart of the man she loves in XVI century Venice.

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Concept

Much like other period dramas, the story takes place in a romanticized place and time, but the originality here comes from the choice of protagonist. Typically, these dramas revolved around wealthy and powerful families, but Veronica is a poor, struggling courtesan, as well as an intelligent, headstrong, and independent woman. She is an ultimately powerless young woman who wishes to challenge her role in society.Her unique perspective as a woman of lower class is what sets The Honest Courtesan aside from others within the genre.

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“When we too are armed and trained, we can convince men that we have hands, feet, and a heart like yours; and although we may be delicate and soft, some men  who are delicate are also strong; and others, coarse and harsh, are cowards.”

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Elisa Guidelli
(Eliselle)

Graduated in Medieval History.

Writer and screenplayer. 

Passionate reader.

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@elisella

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Meltea Keller
(Martina biscarini)

Graduated in cinema studies and foreign languages

Writer, scriptwriter, blogger, singer. 

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@meltea_keller

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Ilaria Malvezzi

Actress, writer and producer.

Former Contemporary/ Physical Theatre Dancer.

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@movenze