Bad Tales

Director: Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo Run Time: 98 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2020

Starring: Elio Germano, Gabriel Montesi, Giulietta Rebeggiani, Justin Alexander Korovkin, Tommaso Di Cola

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Country: Italy, Switzerland
Language: Italian

About the film:

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.

Once upon a time, in a small family suburb on the outskirts of Rome, the cheerful heat of summer camouflages a stifling atmosphere of alienation. 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.

About the filmmakers:

Born in Rome in 1988, self-taught filmmaking twins Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, collectively known as the D’Innocenzo brothers, grew up with a love of  painting, photography and poetry. Their debut feature, Boys Cry, was presented in the Panorama section at the 2018 Berlinale and earned Best New Director, Best First Film and Best Screenplay.

They were selected to participate in a Sundance Institute workshop under the guidance of acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. In 2019 they published their first collection of poems, “Mia madre è un’arma” (“My mother is a weapon”) and in 2020, their first photo book, “Night Pharmacy.”

The dark urban fable Bad Tales (Favolacce) is the D’Innocenzo brothers second feature.

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