LIFF19 The Great Spirit

CTC 113 mins

About the film

Director: Sergio Rubini
Actors: Sergio Rubini, Bianca Guaccero, Ivana Lotito, Rocco Papaleo
Australian premiere

Sergio Rubini directs and stars in this offbeat dramedy alongside southern favourite Rocco Papaleo (Basilicata Coast to Coast LIFF2011), as two men whose unexpected run-in results in the unlikeliest of friendships.

In a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Taranto, high upon the rooftops framed by the Ilva steel factory, we meet Tonino (Rubini) a.k.a. “Barboncino” (poodle). Tonino has just committed a robbery and, in a moment of foolishness, fled from his accomplices, taking the entire loot for himself. He escapes upward, clambering from roof to roof, until he can go no further and must take refuge in an old water tank. Here he finds Renato (Papaleo), a strange and eccentric man who believes he is an American Indian from the Sioux tribe. Trapped with no other choice, Tonino is forced to team up with Renato. A strange and crazy friendship is formed, and Tonino learns to see things from a very different perspective.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Bif&st Bari International Film Festival 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Main Competition, Shanghai International Film Festival 2019

Italian with English subtitles

Show Times

Tue Oct 15

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