(Italy/2018—directed by Claudio Giovannesi)
This singularly riveting coming-of-age story – winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival – stars young newcomer Francesco Di Napoli as 15-year-old Nicola, who, despite decent instincts, becomes the leader of a pack of hellions captivated by the lifestyle of the local Camorra, as they descend into the violent, paranoid world of Naples’s dominant crime group.
Based on the novel by Roberto Saviano, who co-wrote the screenplay and mined similar territory in his devastating Gomorrah, Piranhas is a haunting, unblinking reflection on directionless adolescence, and a time-lapse vision of the seductive power of corruption to devour the human soul. In Italian with English subtitles. (112 min.)
“A gripping modern riff on Goodfellas and an arrestingly visceral crime story.” –David Erlich, IndieWire
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