World Cinema Now
Friday, January 03, 10:30 AM
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Italy, 2013, 104 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles
Awards: Critics Week Grand Prix, Cannes
An action packed opening featuring a buff mafia hitman efficiently eliminating multiple rivals takes a sudden left turn into a masterfully controlled and utterly gripping search.
Salvo, our lead, stealthily slips into the home of the man who ordered his assassination in hopes of wrapping things up for good. The lights are off but Salvo immediately senses someone is there. Tension mounts with his every step. We find ourselves shallow breathing along with Salvo – all our senses tuning at every distant sound. Renato isn’t home but his blind sister is counting money in the darkened basement – and there is something about her that stops this killer in his tracks.
Writer/director team Fabbio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza are masters of tension and have a grip on tone rarely seen in a feature debut, marking them as two very exciting talents to watch. Winner: Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival
“Moody… fully immersive… effortlessly intense.”
- Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
DIRECTOR: Fabio Grassadonia
Producer: Massimo Cristaldi, Fabrizio Mosca
Editor: Desideria Rayner
Screenwriter: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Cinematographer: Daniele Cipri
Principal Cast: Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Luigi Lo Cascio, Mario Pupella, Giuditta Perriera, Redouane Behache
Filmography: Debut Feature