Squali (second feature)

original title:

Squali

directed by:

cast:

Mirko Artuso, Stefano Scherini, Diego Facciotti, Sara Putignano, Chiara Mascalzoni, Maria Canal, Gregorio Righetti, Alessandro Apostoli

screenplay:

set design:

Anna Pieri

costume design:

Roberto Corona

production:

country:

Italy

year:

2024

film run:

106'

format:

colour

status:

In post-production (12/11/2023)

Freely inspired by "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, SQUALI is set in the Lessini Mountains in the Italian Prealps in modern times. A modern Greek tragedy, a Venetian western, set in the far northeast of Italy. Due to a series of misfortunes, the three half-brothers and their half-sister, Camaso, find themselves returning as adults to their old father's home, Leone Camaso (played by Mirko Artuso), a small man, thief, and deceiver. The intertwining of passions, love affairs, and hatreds among the siblings constantly leads them to clash with each other, but they are united in their extreme hatred towards their father, to the point of committing parricide. A tangle of dissolute lives, resentments, and domestic horrors in the unexpected Triveneto of the Lessini Mountains, where greed and familial cruelties reign.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES:
"I wanted to make a film that was free, both in form and content, exploring a world of boundaries, both geographical and human. The protagonists of SQUALI are like fossilized animals, driven by primary instincts: greed, hunger, love, survival. Yet, all of them are in search of some form of salvation, redemption, or perhaps simply revenge. I wanted to create an extremely visual and also visionary film, preserving that element of magical realism that is characteristic of my work".