by Matteo Fresi
Country: Italy
Year: 2021
Duration: 103

Gallura, the mid-1800s. The feud between the Vasa and Mamia families – historically documented – is causing bloodshed in the region. Bastiano Tansu, a deaf-mute since birth, is one of its protagonists. Mistreated and marginalized since his childhood, after his brother Michele was murdered he joined forces with one of the two leaders of the factions, Pietro Vasa, and put at his service his fury and his amazing aim, becoming a highly feared assassin. The State and the Church try to stem the wave of terror and only after more than 70 deaths, the peace of Aggius arrives. At first, Bastiano finds peace in his love for a pastor's daughter, but in a violent and superstitious world that already labeled him the devil's son when he was just a boy, someone like him cannot be found innocent. Thus, he chooses to confront his own destiny.


film director

Matteo Fresi

(Turin, 1982) graduated in 2005 in modern art history. His origins are from Umbria and Gallura and during his years at university, he worked as a skipper and sailing instructor in the Maddalena archipelago. He then graduated in narrative techniques from the Holden School, where he has been teaching since 2007. He is one of the founding partners of a small, Turin-based production company, Epica Film.


Il muto di Galllura (2021).


film director

“I want to tell this story because I believe that, basically, all of us have felt a bit like Bastiano Tansu: we have had trouble communicating our feelings and our needs; we have followed rules we don't understand; we have looked first-hand at the pain of a loss and we have felt alone. We thought that love could save us from ourselves. And we were proved wrong. Il muto di Gallura recounts the specific weight of an archaic and suspended world, the archetypal theater of human tribulations. The real story, this feud between the Vasa and Mamia families, slipped into legend thanks to Bastiano Tansu, a deaf man who was unable to communicate with words. His ferocity, his gentle soul, his infallible aim, his impossible love for a pastor's daughter, were brought together in a book by Enrico Costa a few years after the actual events occurred, conferring historical dignity on the legend.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, STORY: Matteo Fresi. SCREENPLAY: Matteo Fresi, Carlo Orlando. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Gherardo Gossi. FILM EDITING: Valeria Sapienza. SET DESIGN: Alessandro Vannucci. COSTUME DESIGN: Monica Simeone. MUSIC: Baldini Dubfiles, con la collaborazione di Alfredo Puglia, Filippo Buresta. SOUND: Fabio Melorio. CAST: Andrea Arcangeli, Marco Bullitta, Maria Antonietta Caria, Giovanni Carroni, Syama Rayner, Aldo Ottobrino, Fulvio Accogli, Nicola Pannelli, Andrea Carroni, Fiorenzo Mattu, Felice Montevino, Roberto Serpi, Andrea Vasa, Francesco Falchetto, Stefano Mereu, Noemi Medas, Adele Armas, Andrea Nicolò Staffa. PRODUCERS: Domenico Procacci, Laura Paolucci. PRODUCTION: Fandango, Rai Cinema. COPRODUCTION: Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission.

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