In an invisible territory at the margins of society, at the border between anarchy and illegality, lives a wounded community that is trying to respond to a threat: of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled. Disarmed veterans, taciturn adolescents, drug addicts trying to escape addiction through love, ex-special forces soldiers still at war with the world, floundering young women and future mothers, and old people who have not lost their desire to live. Through this hidden pocket of humanity, the door opens to the abyss of today's America.
- Amphore d'Or - Groland FF
- Busan Cinephile Award - Busan IFF
- Best Director - Seville EFF
- Best Cinematography (International Feature) - RIDM
- Mark Kelley
- Lisa Allen James
- Lee Miller
- Roberto Minervini
- Denise Ping Lee
- Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos
- Marie-Hélène Dozo
- DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
- AGAT FILMS & CIE / EX NIHILO
- OKTA FILM
A dry, refined style, which uses the language of cinematic fiction.
The helmer manages to capture a troubling side of the country’s identity that locals prefer to ignore.
Minervini deserves credit for going where few high-minded filmmakers have gone before, revealing a side of Americana rarely seen onscreen.
A bold approach.
The observational frame in a sense drives anger to the surface, giving it a form that then also becomes the documentary’s main theme.
My work is the result of a laborious and unconventionally (un)structured process, which is highly experiential and very personal. It is what I call 'Artisanal Cinema'
Roberto Minervini is an Italian born, US-based film director, writer and lecturer. He holds a Master in Media Studies from the New School University, New York, and is pursuing a Phd in Cinema history at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. He lives and works between Italy and the United States.