France / Italy 2019, 78 min, Italian, Hebrew & English subtitles
When 16-year-old Davide was (accidentally?) shot by a policeman on the streets of Naples, director Agostino Ferrente asked his friends to tell his story—which is also their story—from their own perspective. Armed with smartphones, they document every minute of their lives: dreaming, fantasizing, sweating, having fun, but also losing hope. Inseparable friends Alessandro and Pietro quickly become co-directors in their own right. With heartwarming candor, they talk about the things that matter to them as teenagers growing up in a slum, pushed by circumstances to the brink of criminality. Whether discussing such unexpected subjects as body image, music, and love, or—more typically—showing off their weapons, they often seem to be portraying Hollywood characters. However, their irresistible personal charm makes it impossible not to fall for them.
Previous Festivals:Berlinale, Cinema Du Reel, Luxembourg City FF 2019
Production: Marc Berdugo, Barbara Conforti
Editing: Letizia Caudullo, Chiara Russo
Cinematography: Alessandro Antonelli, Pietro Orlando
Soundtrack: Benni Atria
Music: Andrea Pesce, Cristiano Defabriitis
Agostino Ferrente is a director, producer and artistic director. Before becoming involved in cinema, he was an editorial coordinator for magazines and news programs addressed to communities of Italians living abroad. After gaining a degree in the DAMS in Bologna and attending Ermanno Olmi’s Ipotesi Cinema, he directed short films and music videos and produced them with his company Pirata Manifatture Cinematografiche. He’s also part of the multiethnic band L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio. In 2001, collaborating with ten accomplices, he founded the group "Apollo 11" in Rome, which saved the historical Apollo cinema theatre from becoming a bingo hall. By promoting film, music and writing, the group turned it into one of the liveliest cultural centres in Italy’s capital city, the first with an ongoing program dedicated to cinema of the real. He is currently working on his first non-documentary feature film.