EFP Cannes
28 June 2017

Children of the Night (first feature)

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Children of the Night (I Figli della notte)

Children of the Night (I Figli della notte)

Children of the Night (I Figli della notte)

original title:

I FIGLI DELLA NOTTE

directed by:

cinematography:

editing:

set design:

costume design:

Sabine Zappitelli

producer:

country:

Italy/Belgium

year:

2016

film run:

85'

format:

DCP - colour

release date:

31/05/2017

festival & awards:

Giulio, a seventeen-year-old from a well-to-do family, is sent to a boarding school. In this isolated place in the Alps, where iron-clad rules limit all contact with the outside, he makes friends with Edoardo, who is rather odd. Their friendship is sealed by frequent escapes at night, when the surveillance of the students seems to lapse. They begin to frequent a nightclub hidden in the forest, which becomes a refuge for the two young men. This is where they meet Elena, a prostitute, and become fond of her. Suddenly, they discover that the transgressions they have kept hidden are actually part of the school’s educational program. And yet there must be a way for them to become truly free...

DIRECTOR'S NOTES:
The extreme situation of a boarding school for the children of the rich was the key I chose to study one of the strongest feelings an adolescent can experience: abandonment. In the film, the college is the physical, concrete incarnation of the difficulties in the relationship between parents and children during their passage from childhood to adulthood.