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They call me Jeeg (first feature)

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They call me Jeeg (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot)

They call me Jeeg (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot)

original title:

LO CHIAMAVANO JEEG ROBOT

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country:

Italy

year:

2015

film run:

112'

format:

colour

release date:

25/02/2016

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Enzo Ceccotti comes into contact with a radioactive substance, then accidently discovers he has superpowers. A touchy, navel-gazing introvert, he’s sure his new capabilities will do wonders for his life of crime, but that all changes when he meets Alessia, who’s convinced he’s the hero from the famous Japanese comic strip, Steel Jeeg Robot.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES:
What need was there for an “Italian superhero”? Although it’s true that, looking back, Italy can’t boast any kind of tradition of comics in which masked characters flaunt their superpowers to decide the world’s fate, it’s also true that we have a liking for these stories. As a fan of the genre, I think the superhero thread is the most complex and risky of challenges. Making a good film, to my mind, means telling a story in an original way. And when you venture into a genre that is not your territory, the risk of producing a poor imitation is just around the corner. This is why we decided not to hand our adventures of a superhero over to a man in tights and a cape. We’d never have had the time to help the viewers suspend their disbelief. So we had to convince our audiences to believe from the get-go. How, exactly? With the truths that we possess, which are tangible in our variously fragile characters, who will hopefully shepherd audiences through a film that slowly winds its way through an urban fairy tale made up of superpowers.