by Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis
Country: Italy
Year: 2021
Duration: 100'

Italy, today. Some elderly hunters reminisce about the local tale of Luciano. Luciano lives as a wandering drunkard in a remote village of the region called Tuscia. Spiteful actions ensue between him and the prince of the region over the right of passage through an ancient gateway. Fueled by passions and jealousy, these actions result in a horrible misdeed. Now an unfortunate criminal, Luciano is exiled to the distant Tierra del Fuego where, with the help of ruthless gold-diggers, he searches for a mythical treasure, paving his way towards redemption. However, in these barren lands, only greed and insanity can prevail.


film director

Alessio Rigo de Righi

(Jackson, MS, USA, 1986) studied film and literature in New York and Rome, after which he moved to Buenos Aires and made the shorts La gracia del mar (2010) and Marfil (2012). His documentary Catedral, which he shot in Madrid in 2009 with Aliocha, received numerous international awards. He co-directed with Zoppis the documentart short Belva nera (2012) and Il Solengo (2015), Best Italian documentary at the Torino Film Festival. Re Granchio had its premiere at the Cannes’ Directors Fortnight.


Catedral (coregia/codirector Aliocha, doc., cm, 2009), La gracia del mar (cm, 2010), Henry’s Love (cm, 2012), Marfil (cm, 2012), Belva nera (cm, doc., 2013; co-regia Matteo Zoppis), Il Solengo (doc., 2015, co-regia Matteo Zoppis), Re Granchio (2021, co-regia Matteo Zoppis).

Matteo Zoppis

(Rome, 1986) studied law in Rome and Paris, and then directing in New York. In the United States he began to work as a director of photography, cameraman and video editor. He has made various shorts, including All Tears Drop (2010) and My Wildest Dark (2011). His collaboration with Alessio Rigo de Righi began in 2013 with the documentary short Belva nera, presented at the Rome Film Festival and which then received the Fresnes Prisoners’ Award and a special mention in the short film section at Cinéma du réel in Paris. The two directors directed thenand Il Solengo (2015), Best Italian documentary at the Torino Film Festival. Re Granchio had its premiere at the Cannes’ Directors Fortnight.


All Tears Drop (cm, 2010), My Wildest Dark (cm, 2011), Belva nera (cm, doc., 2013, co-regia Alessio Rigo de Righi), Il Solengo (doc., 2015, co-regia Alessio Rigo de Righi), Re Granchio (2021, co-regia Alessio Rigo de Righi).


film director

“We wanted Luciano’s story in Argentina to reflect all those myths drawn from this culture of immigration. The hunters have been here since our very first movie. But our relationship considerably changed in between, both personally and professionally. At first, they were cautious, suspicious even. Yet over time, they significantly opened up to us. They became actual stakeholders and started suggesting ideas. Today, they are much more at ease in front of a camera than seven years ago. This is now an actual cooperation.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR: Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis. SCREENPLAY: Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis, Tommaso Bertani, Carlo Lavagna. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Simone D’Arcangelo. FILM EDITING: Andrés Pepe Estrada. SET DESIGN: Fabrizio D’Arpino, Marina Raggio. MUSIC: Vittorio Giampietro. SOUND: Claudio Bagni, Santiago Fumagalli, Cetriel Vildosola. CAST: Gabriele Silli, Maria Alexandra Lungu, Mariano Arce, Severino Sperandio, Bruno di Giovanni, Enzo Cucchi, Claudio Castori, Domenico Chiozzi, Darío Levy, Jorge Prado. PRODUCTION: Ring Film, Rai Cinema Production. CO-PRODUCTION: Volpe Films, Wanka Cine, Shellac.

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