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"a psychological thriller" - LA REPUBBLICA.
PLOT: An old prison built in the 19th century, located in a remote and unspecified part of the Italian territory, is being decommissioned. As a result of bureaucratic holdups the transfers have been blocked and a dozen inmates are left, along with a few guards, waiting to be sent to new destinations. In a suspended atmosphere, the rules that keep them separate are slackened and new forms of relationship emerge among the remaining men.
CAST: Toni Servillo, Silvio Orlando, Fabrizio Ferracane, Salvatore Striano, Roberto De Francesco, Pietro Giuliano, Nicola Sechi, Leonardo Capuano, Antonio Buil, Giovanni Vastarella, Francesca Ventriglia
YEAR: 2021
LENGTH: 117 min.
GENRE: Drama
AWARDS: • Nominated Best Film, Best Director (Leonardo Di Costanzo), Best Actor (Silvio Orlando), Best Supporting Actor (Fabrizio Ferracane), Best Producer, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Sound: David di Donatello
RATING: USA: no rating; MyMovies +13

TIMES: March 25, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time til 3:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 26

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Leonardo Di Costanzo, born on Ischia, began to work in the film industry in France toward the end of the ‘80s. In 2013, he won the David di Donatello for Best New Director for L’intervallo.
Regarding his film, the director said: “Almost everywhere we found a great willingness to talk, to open up. Sometimes the meetings would be attended by guards, managers and some of the inmates. And it proved easy to create a strange climate of conviviality, with people almost vying to tell their own stories. There was laughter too. Then, when the meeting was over, everyone resumed their roles and the men in uniform, keys in hand, took the others, the convicts, back to their cells. In the face of this drastic return to reality, we outsiders experienced a sense of disorientation. And it was this feeling that guided the making of the film: Ariaferma is not a film on the conditions in Italian prisons. It is perhaps a film on the absurdity of imprisonment.”

DISTRIBUTOR: Vision Distribution, Piazza della Repubblica, 59, Rome