France, Italy 2015
ANIME NERE is the story of three brothers – the sons of shepherds with ties to the ‘ndrangheta – and their divided souls. Luigi, the youngest, is an international drug dealer. Rocco, Milanese by adoption, is to all appearances a middle-class businessman, thanks to his cousin’s ill-gotten gains. Luciano, the eldest, harbours a pathological fantasy of pre-industrial Calabria and engages in lonely, melancholy dialogue with the dead. His twenty-year-old son Leo belongs to the lost generation, who have no identity. The only thing Leo has inherited from his ancestors is resentment and for him, the future is a train that has already left the station. After a trivial argument, he carries out an act of intimidation against a bar protected by a rival clan. Anywhere else, it would have been dismissed as nothing more than youthful foolishness. But not in Calabria, and especially not in Aspromonte. Instead, it is the spark that lights the fire. For Luciano, it is a return to the drama many years after the murder of his father. In a dimension suspended between the distant past and modern life, the characters are driven towards the archetypes of tragedy.
When I said I wanted to make the film there, everyone tried to discourage me: it’s too difficult, it’s inaccessible, it’s too dangerous.
It was an impossible film. I sought help from Gioacchino Criaco, author of “Anime Nere”, the book on which the film is loosely based. I arrived in Calabria full of prejudice and fear. I discovered a very complex and diverse reality. I saw mistrust turn into curiosity, and people opened their doors to us.
I mixed my actors with the residents of Africo, who acted and worked with the cast. Without them, this film would have been poorer. Africo has a very tough history of criminality but it can help us understand many things about our country. From Africo, we have a better view of Italy.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Francesco Munzi
Written by : Francesco Munzi, Maurizio Braucci
Produced by : Olivia Musini, Luigi Musini
Director of Photography : Vladan Radovic
Editor : Cristiano Travaglioli
Production Design : Luca Servino
Costume Design : Marina Roberti
Composer : Giuliano Taviani
Sound Design : Stefano Campus
Main Cast : Marco Leonardi (Luigi), Peppino Mazzotta (Rocco), Fabrizio Ferracane (Luciano)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Selection 2015