11/13/2020 07:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne
11/13/2020 10:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne
11/17/2020 08:15 pm – programmkino rex

Italy/Switzerland 2020 98 min Italian original version with German and English subtitles

by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo

Script: Damiano und Fabio D’Innocenzo, DoP: Paolo Carnera, Editor: Esmeralda Calabria, Production: Pepito Produzioni, Producers: Agostino and Giuseppe Saccà, Cast: Elio Germano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Lino Musella, Gabriel Montesi, Max Malatesta, Tommaso di Cola

From a distance, the families seem normal, but it’s an illusion: in the houses, courtyards and gardens, silence shrouds the subtle sadism of the fathers, the passivity of the mothers and the guilty indifference of adults. But it’s the desperation and repressed rage of the children that will explode and cut through this grotesque facade, with devastating consequences for the entire community.

“Brothers Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo construct scenes with serious dramatic force and maintain a broad approach of knowing dispassion. They marry the specificities of Rome’s urban sprawl to the suburb-scapes of the great American tradition.” (

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The D’Innocenzo brothers were born in Rome in 1988 and then followed their father who brought them to live between Lavinio, Neptune and Anzio. The two young filmmakers reached their goals as self-taught, without specific study. Their debut film, BOYS CRY, was presented at the Berlinale 2018 in the “Panorama” section and received several awards. In 2019, they published their first collection of poems “Mia madre è un’arma (“My mother is a weapon”). BAD TALES is their second feature film, and Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo are close to publish their picture book “Night pharmacy”.

Filmography: 2018 BOYS CRY, 2020 BAD TALES

Awards (selection): Silver Bear for Best Screenplay (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany 2020)

Claudia Oettrich