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Mondocane (2022)

Opens on May 27

Director: Alessandro Celli Run Time: 110 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Alessandro Borghi, Barbara Ronchi, Dennis Protopapa, Giuliano Soprano, Josafat Vagni

Country: Italy
Language: Italian

About the film:

Nominated for Best Film at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. Recalling everything from Mad Max to Lord of the Flies, from Oliver Twist to Waterworld, director Alessandro Celli’s thrilling feature debut is a stylish post-apocalyptic vision and an inspiring testament to the power of friendship in an unjust world.

In the near future, a small town is surrounded by barbed wire that no one, not even the police, dares to cross. The poorest are left fighting for survival, while gangs compete for the territory. Two thirteen-year-old orphans who grew up together, dream of joining one of the gangs.

“The roots of what we see exist in our own universe… Mondocane could happen anywhere and at any time. On top of these vast and powerful culture resonances, the performances—particularly of the children—in this high-octane drama are all top-notch”

—Christopher Reed for Hammer to Nail

About the filmmaker: 

Alessandro Celli is an award-winning Italian writer and director whose short films have earned a David di Donatello, a Globo d’Oro, and two special mentions from the Nastri D’Argento juries. He has worked as assistant director and director for kids series and television programs. Celli’s debut feature film Mondocane (2022) was nominated for Best Film at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.

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