Film - CineRebels Competition


Directed by Emma Dante


Director: Emma Dante
Section: CineRebels Competition
Country: Italy
Year: 2023
Language: Italian
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Simone Zambelli, Simona Malato, Tiziana Cuticchio, Milena Catalano
18+ (no age rating)


A cinematic work that discovers cohesion in the midst of rubble and oblivion.

In a seaside village in Sicily, Arturo lives with the prostitutes who have raised him since birth. He’s now 18, but has retained his childlike disposition and innocence. The fact that he’s unlike others his age, walks in an odd way, and is unable to speak doesn’t bother anyone — in a matriarchal society that functions according to its own rules.

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Photocredits: Marie Gioanni


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Meet the director


Emma Dante

Emma Dante was born in Palermo in 1967. After graduating from the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico, she became a playwright and director. In 1999, she founded her own theater company, Sud Costa Occidentale, in Palermo. Her first feature film, VIA CASTELLANA BANDIERA, was released in 2013. Her second film, THE MACALUSO SISTERS (FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2021), is based on her play of the same title.


Screenplay: Elena Stancanelli, Giorgio Vasta, Emma Dante
Director of Photography: Clarissa Cappellani
Film Editor: Benni Atria
Composer: Gianluca Porcu
Production Designer: Emita Frigato
Costume Design: Vanessa Sannino
Producer: Marica Stocchi
Production Company: Rosamont srl
Executive producer: Gianluca Arcopinto, Marcello Mustilli
World Sales: Charades