2014, Rai Com, 103 min, Italy, Dir: Francesco Munzi

Calabria’s 'Ndrangheta is among the world’s most powerful criminal organizations, yet Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) has turned his back on it to herd goats in the Southern town of Africo. But his teenage son Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) is enamored with his drug-running uncles (Marco Leonardi & Peppino Mazzotta). The youth's reckless actions ignite a long-simmering blood feud between the Carbones and another local clan. Based on real events described in Gioacchino Criaco’s novel, ANIME NERE.

“Munzi focuses on incongruous leftovers from a benighted past, where kinship and blood feuds in a marginalized corner of rural Italy fester until entire communities are drawn into a whirlpool of intimidation and violence. This is the film’s strong suit, uncovering the feudal nature of honor and the ways in which a rash act precipitates not just one murder but a never-ending string of killings passed from generation to generation.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.

“Munzi peels remorselessly away the layers of his plot in this timeless fable of pride and power, of youth and experience, of father and son, and brother against brother. Anime Nere is far more than a gangster movie set in the Italian south: it becomes a morality tale about breaking cycles of violence and finding a new way. This is its true strength, and Munzi does a superb job of detailing the various forces at work. Dark and sinister, full of foreboding and twists, his elegant film tells the story of a man's struggle to escape his past with integrity and force.” PIERS HANDLING, TIFF

In Italian with English subtitles.

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