17 years-old Giulio is sent by his mother, who is about to leave for a long business trip, to a boarding school for difficult offsprings of rich families. The boarding school is a sort of “golden prison”, isolated in the Alps, to which inadequate parents delegate the task of educating the ruling class of the future. In this cold and ghastly place the boys are cut off from everything, and even the use of cell phones and the internet is limited to a few minutes per day.
Giulio’s class is in the hands of Mathias, a tutor who seems to understand very well the desires and fears of those teenagers. Surviving to the strict rules of the boarding school is hard, but Giulio finds a good friend in Edoardo, who is maybe a little crazy, but who seems the smartest of all…
The two boys become inseparable and together they find out that the strict security of the school becomes more relaxed at night. They start running away to a forbidden place in the middle of the woods surrounding the boarding school, a night club where they meet Elena, a young prostitute whose destiny will be unforgettably linked to theirs. The night is a space of freedom, of new and perturbing experiences for Giulio and Edoardo, whose trajectories are attracted by opposite polarities.
Soon, however, reality interrupts this dream-like flow of nights which don’t seem to have an end. The boys find out that transgression is part of the educational program of the school and that their tutors know everything about the night club and their night escapades. Will the boys find a way to break away from the future that their families and the school are preparing for them?
Vivo film with Rai Cinema and Tarantula
with the support of Eurimages, Ministero dei Beni Generali e del Turismo. Direzione Generale per il Cinema, IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige, Wallonia, Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter, Casa Kafka Pictures, Regione Lazio – Fondo Regionale per il Cinema e l’Audiovisivo, Roma Lazio Film Commission; in association with HDRÀ.
Giulio: Vincenzo Crea
Edoardo: Ludovico Succio
Mathias: Fabrizio Rongione
Elena: Yuljia Sobol
Riccardo: Luigi Bignone
Paolo: Pietro Monfreda
Michi: Michael Plattner
Produced by: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Joseph Rouschop and Valerie Bournonville
Story and screenplay: Andrea De Sica and Mariano Di Nardo in collaboration with Gloria Malatesta
Cinematography: Stefano Falivene
Editing: Alberto Masi
Production design: Dimitri Capuani
Costume design: Sabine Zappitelli
Original music: Andrea De Sica in collaboration with Leonardo Rosi
Sound: Antoine Vandendrieessche
Running time: 85 min
Country: Italy, Belgium
Format: color, digital, 1:2,39
Festivals and awards
34 Torino Film Festival – in competititon
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival – Orbit competition
Bari International Film Festival – in competition
Bolzano Film Festival – in competition