An unlikely group of soldiers and courtiers led by Marcount Berlocchio and his new bride Bernarda take possession of a distant fief. But their castle is a decrepit dump and their villagers aren’t willing to be ruled. Profane appetites and sacred yearnings, sloppy guards and poor rascals, in a fantastic Middle Age tale of freedom, hunger, sex and power.

Encountering Malerba’s novel was the beginning of a journey into another world, an invitation to visit a time and place I would never have seen otherwise. His quirky and poignant characters kept me company and I immediately recognized them as our contemporaries.
Francesco Lagi

Produced by

Vivo film with Rai Cinema in association with Colorado Film Production,  Umedia, with the support of MIC – Direzione Generale Cinema e Audiovisivo, Regione Lazio, UFund, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge and Tax Shelter Investors


Lino Musella: Berlocchio
Giorgio Tirabassi: Belcapo
Viviana Cangiano: Bernarda
Giovanni Ludeno: Manfredo
Vincenzo Nemolato: Ulfredo
Daria Deflorian: Vecchia del Castellazzo
con Alessandro Gassmann: Frate Cappuccio
e con Valerio Mastandrea: Migone


writtend and directed by Francesco Lagi
tratto dal romanzo Il Pataffio di Luigi Malerba

produced by Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa
co-produced by Maurizio Totti, Alessandro Usai e Iginio Straffi
Bastien Sirodot, Beata Saboova e Cédric Iland

DOP Diego Romero Suarez Llanos
editor Stefano Cravero
author of the original musics Stefano Bollani
production designer Daniele Frabetti
costume designer Mariano Tufano
make-up artist Antonello Resch
hairdresser Marco Perna
line producer Gian Luca Chiaretti
production sound Dominique Warnier
sound consultant Giuseppe D’Amato
sound editor Marc Bastien
re-recording mixer Giancarlo Rutigliano
casting Francesca Borromeo

Technical data

Country Italy/Belgium
Year 2022
Running time 117’

Festivals and awards

75. Locarno Film Festival – Concorso Internazionale

International Sales

The Match Factory

Italian Distribution

01 Distribution