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Directed by Claudio Cupellini
FEATURE NARRATIVE 100 Minutes New York Premiere

Two decades after faking his death and disappearing from Naples, onetime hit man Rosario has earned all the rewards of a simple life in rural Germany. He has a lovely young wife, a new son, and a gratifying job as the proprietor of a restaurant and hotel. Then a young Italian man arrives in town on a mysterious mission with his hot-headed buddy in tow. When they're in need of a place to stay, it's not long before they arrive at Rosario's doorstep, and quickly the past comes flooding back.

A richly textured performance from the great Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) anchors this slow-burn dramatic thriller, a brilliant addition to the new school of sophisticated Italian crime films that focus more on character than action. Behind Rosario's mild-mannered façade, glimpses of an ingrained, inescapable violence seep out even before the Napolitani show up. Director Claudio Cupellini—never once resorting to hysterical "mob movie" clichés—orchestrates a subtle, accelerating suspense around Servillo's role as a conflicted family man whose attempts to protect those he loves the most invite only more pain.

Drama, Crime
About the Director(s)
CLAUDIO CUPELLINI studied with Paolo Virzì and Daniele Luchetti at Rome's Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. From 1999 to 2005 he made several short films including Le diable au vélo and Chi ci ferma più. His first feature was the 2008 comedy Lessons in Chocolate, which was nominated for a David di Donatello Award.
Special Note


Co-hosted by

Italian Cultural Institute New York


Film Info
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  • Length:
    100 minutes
  • Language:
    Italian, German
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  • Premiere:
    New York
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Cast & Credits
  • Screenwriter:
    Filippo Gravino, Guido Iuculano, Claudio Cupellini
  • Primary Cast:
    Toni Servillo, Marco D'Amore, Francesco Di Leva, Juliane Köhler, Leonardo Sprengler, Alice Dwyer
  • Sound:
    Michael Busch
  • Producer:
    Fabrizio Mosca, Christervon Lindequist, Fabio Conversi
  • Music:
    Teho Teardo
  • Set Design:
    Erwin Prib
  • Director:
    Claudio Cupellini
  • Director of Photography:
    Gergely Pohárnok



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