Gianni Amelio returns to the cinema today with a new work: The Lord of the Ants. Presented in Competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, the film gave the director and cast the chance to attend the official interviews that were recorded and now published by 01 Distribution.

Produced by Kavac Film, IBC Movie, Tenderstories with Rai Cinema, the film stars Luigi Lo Cascio, Elio Germano, Sara Serraiocco and Leonardo Maltese, along with Anna Caterina Antonacci, Rita Bosello, Davide Vecchi, Maria Caleffi, Roberto Infurna.

This is the summary:
In the late 1960s, a trial took place in Rome that caused a great deal of commotion. The playwright and poet Aldo Braibanti was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of plagiarism, that is, having subjected himself, in a physical and psychological sense, to a student and friend of his who had recently come of age. At the behest of the family, the boy was imprisoned in a mental hospital and subjected to a series of devastating electric shocks in order to “cure” that “devilish” influence. A few years later, the crime of plagiarism was removed from the penal code. But in reality it had served to accuse the “others” of all kinds, the bandits of the norm. Based on real events, the film tells a polyphonic story, in which family and friends, accusers and supporters, and a mostly absent-minded or indifferent public opinion take shape alongside the accused. Only a journalist is committed to reconstructing the truth, facing suspicion and censorship.

Source: Lega Nerd

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