Là-Bas: A Criminal Education
Filmfest 2012

German Age Rating

Film Website

When his uncle Moses promises him a good job, Yssouf moves from North Africa to Southern Italy. But when he arrives, he finds life in Europe more difficult than he’d been led to believe. In a small coastal town near Naples, home to a large population of struggling African immigrants, he meets Suad, a beautiful prostitute he dreams of rescuing from her pimps. When he finally finds his uncle, now a midlevel boss in a narcotics ring, Yssouf is quickly drawn into his world. Once a devout Muslim, he begins drinking, skipping prayers, and, ultimately, running his uncle’s errands – a risky proposition when tensions flare between rival Camorra factions. With a beautiful score and a cast of actors drawn from the community they portray – including standout newcomer Kader Alassane on whose life the story is based, LÀ-BAS is a contemporary crime noir about the everyday struggle to survive. siff.net

tags: Feature film

Cast: Kader Alassane, Esther Elisha, Moussa Mone, Fatima Traore


Screenplay: Guido Lombardi

Director of Photography: Francesca Amitrano

Film Editor: Beppe Leonetti

Composer: Giordano Corapi

Production Designer: Maica Rotondo

Costume Design: Francesca Balzano

Sound: Leandro Sorrentino

Producer: Gianluca Curti

Co-Producer: Dario Formisano, Gaetano di Vaio

Production Company: Minerva Pictures

World Sales: Minerva Pictures Group

Director: Guido Lombardi