Filmfest 2018

German Age Rating

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A house on the outskirts of Rome is home to Marcello, a former bodybuilder; his wife, Chiara, who at first doesn't suspect Marcello's affair with a bourgeois professor; drug dealer Gianfranco, who wants to take his place among the big-league tough guys; and several other working-class individuals whose fates are intertwined in this ensemble film. Feelings are opaque, souls are tainted, and contact with the criminal milieu is, as the Italian title suggests, a contagion.

tags: Society, Violence, Queer, Feature film, Crime/Murder

Cast: Vinicio Marchioni, Anna Foglietta, Maurizio Tesei, Giulia Bevilacqua, Vincenzo Salemme


Screenplay: Matteo Botrugno, Daniele Coluccini, Nuccio Siano

Original Material: Walter Siti

Director of Photography: Davide Manca

Film Editor: Mario Marrone

Composer: Paolo Vivaldi, Andrea Boccadoro

Production Designer: Laura Boni

Costume Design: Francesca Di Giuliano

Sound: Andrea Viali, Piergiuseppe Fancellu

Producer: Simone Isola, Paolo Bogna, Guglielmo Marchetti

Production Company: Kimerafilm

Co-Producer: Francesco Dainotti, Gianluca Arcopinto

Co-Production Company: Rai Cinema, Notorious Pictures, Gekon Productions

World Sales: True Colours

Director: Matteo Botrugno, Daniele Coluccini


Matteo Botrugno (first) and Daniele Coluccini (second), both born in Rome in 1981, studied history and film criticism. After working as film critics, they decided to direct independently produced short films in which they combined their experiences in the visual and musical realms. CHRYSALIS, their first short film, was shown at various film festivals in 2007. This was followed by EUROPA (also 2007) and SISIFO (2008), the remaining parts of a short-film trilogy. SISIFO was honored as best short film at the Mexico City International Film Festival. Since 2008, Botrugno and Coluccini have directed several music videos. ET IN TERRA PAX (2010) was their first feature-length film, TAINTED SOULS their second.