Burning Hearts

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Burning Hearts (Ti mangio il cuore)

Burning Hearts (Ti mangio il cuore)

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Ti mangio il cuore

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Pippo Mezzapesa, Antonella Gaeta, Davide Serino, from the book with the same title by Carlo Bonini and Giuliano Foschini

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Puglia. Burnt by the sun and by hatred, the promontory of Gargano is contested by criminals who seem to come from a remote past governed by the law of the jungle. An archaic land reminiscent of the Far West, in which blood is washed away with blood. An old feud between two rival families is rekindled by a forbidden love: the one between Andrea, reluctant heir of the Malatesta, and Marilena, beautiful wife of the boss of the Camporeale clan. A fatal passion that sets the two clans at war again. But Marilena, banished by the Camporeale and prisoner of the Malatesta, disputed and abused, will oppose a fate already written with a mother’s strength.

The dual spirit of this story of cruelty and passion is already summed up in the title of the film, which translates literally as “I’ll Eat Your Heart.” On the one hand an archaic and ferocious society, dominated by the violence of primitive laws that govern old feuds between Mafiosi that have never been settled; on the other the force of love that disrupts and subverts, a spark that starts a new war, but also triggers the desire for a different life. The story of Ti mangio il cuore is an archetypal one that speaks of love, vendetta and death, but also of a land of irresistible beauty, Gargano, torn apart and stained with blood by a little-known but ruthless Mafia. A world in which the spiral of violence seems to sweep everything away and destroy even love: but not Marilena, who is not afraid to live her passions, her desires, and does not intend to yield to a fate already written. For a different destiny is possible.