The Black Beast

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    The Black Beast

    Belva Nera

    Directed by

    • Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis

    Italy

    2013

    35 min

    • Italian

    Drama

    Ercolino, an old, trigger-happy cowboy, has glimpsed a black panther near his hunting cabin. Some of his friends believe him, others think it’s just a tall tale. But Tony Scarf, an actor and expert on legendary panthers, has captured one himself.

    Credits

    Cast
    Ercole Colnago
    Tony Scarf
    Enzo Arcioni
    Giovanni Morichelli
    Ugo Farnetti
    Bruno Di Giovanni
    Eccelsio Cassanelli
    Renato Sterpa
    Orso Pietrini
    Liana Colnago 
    Cinematography
    Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis/ fotografia addizionale Alessandro Cicoria
    Editing
    Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis
    Music
    Vittorio Giampietro

    Director's Statement

    The film was inspired by the urban legend of a panther at large in the Tuscia countryside. We used the documentary genre to recreate the story of its capture as part true story, part fiction, with the help of the actor Tony Scarf and a group of hunters from Vejano. Struck by the spontaneity of the local inhabitants, we turned the film into a western-style portrait of the hunter Ercolino and his friends.

    Production
    CODA ROSSA FILM

    Press

    Alessio Rigo de Righi

    Alessio Rigo de Righi

    Italy

    Alessio Rigo de Righi (Jackson, MS, USA, 1986) studied film and literature in New York and Rome, after which he moved to Buenos Aires and made the shorts LA GRACIA DEL MAR and MARFIL. His documentary CATEDRAL, which he shot in Madrid in 2009 with Aliocha, received numerous international awards. His project KING CRAB co-directed with Matteo Zoppis was selected for the Venice Gap-financing Market 2019.

    Selected Filmography

    Matteo Zoppis

    Matteo Zoppis

    Italy

    Matteo Zoppis (Rome, 1986) studied law in Rome and Paris, and then directing in New York. In the United States he began to work as a director of photography, cameraman and video editor. He has made various shorts, including ALL TEARS DROP and MY WILDEST DARK. His collaboration with Alessio Rigo de Righi began in 2013 with the documentary short THE BLACK BEAST, presented at the Rome Film Festival and which then received the Fresnes Prisoners’ Award and a special mention in the short film section at Cinéma du réel in Paris. His project KING CRAB, co-directed with Alessio Rigo de Righi was selected for the Venice Gap-financing Market 2019.

    Selected Filmography