Black Souls

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    Black Souls

    Anime Nere

    Directed by

    France, Italy

    2014

    103 min

    • Italian

    Drama

    The story of a Calabrian criminal family unfolds like a western set in our own day, where the laws of blood and the vendetta take precedence over everything. A tale that begins in the Netherlands and passes through Milan on its way to Calabria, amid the peaks of the Aspromonte, where everything begins and ends. BLACK SOULS is the story of three brothers, the sons of a shepherd, close to the ’Ndrangheta, and of their divided soul. Luigi, the youngest, is an international drug dealer. Rocco, Milanese by adoption and a member of the middle class, runs a business funded by his brother’s ill-gotten gains. Luciano, the oldest, cherishes the pathological illusion of a preindustrial Calabria, conducting a gloomy and solitary dialogue with the deads. Leo, his twenty-year-old son, represents the lost generation, without an identity. All he has inherited from his forebears is hatred. As a result of a trivial quarrel he carries out an act of intimidation against a bar under the protection of the rival clan. Anywhere else it would have been no more than a prank. Not in Calabria. It’s the spark that sets off a blaze. Luciano finds himself in the same predicament as at the time his father was killed many years earlier. In a dimension suspended between the archaic and the modern the characters are drawn into the archetypes of tragedy.

    Awards

    • Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award, Francesco Pasinetti Award, Carlo Mazzacurati Award - Venice IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Marco Leonardi
    Peppino Mazzotta
    Fabrizio Ferracane
    Barbora Bobulova
    Anna Ferruzzo
    Giuseppe Fumo
    Pasquale Romeo
    Vito Facciolla
    Aurora Quattrocchi
    Screenplay
    Gioacchino Criaco
    Francesco Munzi
    Maurizio Braucci
    Fabrizio Ruggirello
    Cinematography
    Vladan Radovic
    Editing
    Cristiano Travaglioli
    Music
    Giuliano Taviani

    Director's Statement

    I shot the movie in the town that writers and journalists have stigmatized as among the most mafia ridden places in Italy, one of the nerve centers of the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta: Africo. When I told people I wanted to shoot there, everyone tried to dissuade me: too difficult the subject, too unapproachable, too dangerous. It was an impossible film. I asked Gioacchino Criaco, the author of Anime Nere to help me. I arrived in Calabria full of prejudices and fears. The reality of what I found there was very complex and varied. I saw suspicion turn into curiosity and people open up their homes for us. I mixed my actors up with the inhabitants of the town, who performed and worked with the cast. Without them this film would have been poorer. Africo has a very rough history steeped in criminality but it is one that can help us to understand many things about our country. From Africo you can see Italy better.

    Sales
    RAI COM
    Production
    BABE FILMS, CINEMAUNDICI SRL, RAI CINEMA

    Press

    a measured, ethically resonant story...

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    an excellent cast

    Camillo de Marco, Cineuropa

    Francesco  Munzi

    Francesco Munzi

    Italy

    Francesco Munzi was born in Rome in 1969. He graduated with a degree in political science, and followed that up in 1998 with a degree in directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He made his feature film debut in 2004 with SAIMIR, which premiered at the 61st Venice Film Festival, winning a Special Mention for the De Laurentiis Award for Best First Film. The film would make the rounds of dozens of festivals around the world and win various awards, including the Silver Ribbon (Nastro d’Argento) for Best New Director. His second feature film, THE REST OF THE NIGHT, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and screened at numerous other festivals. His 2014 film BLACK SOULS screened in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival. The film has been distributed in over twenty countries and won nine David di Donatello awards and three Silver Ribbons

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