EFP Cannes
21 July 2017

Gli Asteroidi (first feature)

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Gli Asteroidi

Gli Asteroidi

Gli Asteroidi

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set design:


Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Lo Stato Sociale






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HD - colour

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Ready (12/07/2017)

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An industrial provincial area, immense and alienating. Once prosperous, the economic crisis has left a heavy mark. Endless fields, abandoned warehouses, this is the universe in which Pietro and his friend Ivan gravitate, 19-year olds in conflict with their families, their schools, with anyone and everything. In the meantime a series of church thefts by the unstoppable “candelabra gang” make the news, along with the threat of a large asteroid soon to pass close to Earth, monitored by the local astronomical station. The asteroid will come so close that Pietro and Ivan's oddball friend Cosmic, obsessed with astronomy and philosophy, is certain it will collide with the Earth and destroy mankind. As the “end of the world” approaches, Ivan convinces Pietro to take part in a theft, with dramatic consequences that will fatally strike their world.

Asteroids are made of the same material as planets, which they gravitate around without ever finding a stable home: they get lost unpredictably, sometimes risking violent collisions. This is the image I'd like to begin with: two young men wandering around the provinces, roaming like asteroids through a cosmos that rejects them, that they can't or don't know how to recognize. In this film I'd like to tell the story of the crucial days that mark their facing the world.
When: the economic crisis that for some years now has made itself known with an annihilating force. Where: Provincial Italy, in an industrial area of the flat Po Valley, wealthy and developed in the past but now hit by a disease that has struck deep within the lives and relationships of each character in the film. The area is intriguing with its vast landscapes, which outside of the cities becomes more and more difficult to delineate, offshoots of the suburbs themselves. I like to think that we can transform this seemingly unattractive landscape into the setting for a compelling narrative, as I’ve done in my previous films. Growing up as children in this environment is tantamount to living in a new world, a strange, detached territory. It's a world that I know well because it’s where I grew up.