Fabio & Damiano D’Innocenzo Elio Germano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Gabriel Montesi, Max Malatesta
Italy, Switzerland / 2020 / Italian / 98 minutes / MOV / Colour
Were any directors more incongruously named than the D’Innocenzo brothers? Following on their cynical coming-of age-as-accidental-gangsters 2018 flic Boys Cry, they turn their sardonic gaze to the underpinnings of “normal” families outside of Rome. In a steaming summer of sex and duplicity among adults and children, childhood innocence boils away to reveal the turmoils of masculinity shaping men and boys. Not just bad boys or bad tales but a society rotten to its core, filmed with lovingly ironic attention to the sounds and colours of a radiant summer. Where twisted stories nonetheless lurk… and lure us in.Best Screenplay, Berlinale.