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Directed by Alessandro Celli

Release: 2021
Runtime: 116
Country: Italy
Language: Italian w/ English subtitles

In the not-too-distant future on Italy’s southern coast, the city of Taranto has become a toxic wasteland ruled by warring gangs and surrounded by barbed wire, where best friends Pietro (nicknamed Mondocane) and Cristian (nicknamed Pisspants) dream of escaping their hardscrabble existence for a better life in nearby New Taranto. Opportunity knocks when Hothead, the charismatic and dangerous leader of a local gang called the Ants, recruits the two boys and gives them everything they fantasized about: money in their pockets, a family, and a father figure. The friendship begins to splinter, though, as Cristian displays a surprising talent for mayhem and quickly rises through the ranks. With a new female friend pushing them further apart, an obsessed cop hounding the gang, and Hothead becoming increasingly unhinged, the boys barrel toward a confrontation that will determine if their bond is strong enough to survive. 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.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Color


Venue City Date
Angelika Film Center New York 1653019200May 20 - June 17, 2022
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1654833600June 10 - June 15, 2022
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1653624000May 27 - June 10, 2022
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1653019200May 20 - June 17, 2022
Landmark Mayan Theatre Denver 1653624000May 27 - June 24, 2022
Landmark Opera Plaza San Francisco 1653019200May 20 - June 17, 2022
Landmark Westwood Los Angeles 1653019200May 20 - June 17, 2022
Living Room Indianapolis Indianapolis 1653624000May 27 - June 3, 2022
Mayfair Theatre Ottawa 1653019200May 20 - June 17, 2022
Zeitgeist Theatre Arabi 1653624000May 27 - June 24, 2022