Bad Tales 2020
Favolacce (original title)
1h 38min | Drama | 25 February 2020 (Germany)
A few families living out on a limb in the suburbs of Rome. Tensions here can explode at any time; ultimately it’s the children who bring about the collapse.
My personal favorite of the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival and winner of the Berlinale Bear for best script. The film introduces itself as: A true story inspired by a false story. The false story is not very inspired. Sounds mysterious? It better be, for this is a film enjoyed more the less you know. Okay, I’ll give you this much: a dark look at life in the subjrbs outside Rome, where people’s aspiration clash with reality. The story of a summer broken down into a sequence of immersive scenes, each containing its own drama and driven by an atmosphere of suspense. All is mostly viewed through the eyes of the kids. Highly recommended! On a side note: this is the second film of the D’Innocenzo Brothers that I’ve seen, and it is astonishing to observe how much they’ve matured as film makers and story tellers. Their first film – La Terra de’l abbastanza – had all the pieces but lacked a forceful plot to tie them together. Favolacce deliverd this force, in a unique way.
Directors: Damiano D’Innocenzo (as Fratelli D’Innocenzo), Fabio D’Innocenzo (as Fratelli D’Innocenzo)
Writers: Damiano D’Innocenzo (as Fratelli D’Innocenzo), Fabio D’Innocenzo (as Fratelli D’Innocenzo)
Stars: Elio Germano, Tommaso Di Cola, Giulietta Rebeggiani
Country: Italy | Switzerland
Release Date: 25 February 2020 (Germany)
Also Known As: Bad Tales
Filming Locations: Nepi, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy