Country: Italy
Year: 1998
Duration: 16'

Beato, a professional hit-man, is unexpectedly summoned by Mahatma, a boss who lives in a secret hide out with four henchmen. Beato finds an old love of his adolescence there.

"It is a work that takes an ironic inspiration from German Expressionistic painting in order to take it out of context and drop it first into the rundown and seedy urban scene of the outskirts of the Naples harbor and then into an improbable refuge-bunker of a criminal who feeds off of Otto Dix, of the collaboration with the rediscovered physicist Ettore Majorana, of a magician, and of a clothing designer for poor people. All this happens through the main story line of the hit-man who is distracted, arrogant, afraid, and decisive when it comes to killing only with the aid of slaps" (Paolo Sorrentino).


film director

Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino (Naples, 1970) directed the short film, Un paradiso, which was in the final competition at the 1995 Festival Palermo Cinema 1995. In 1996 he co-authored, along with Antonio Capuano, Polvere di Napoli, a film directed Capuano himself. In 1997 he won "ex-aequo" the Solinas award for his screenplay, Napoletani. His L'uomo in più, was presented in the Cinema of the Present competition at the 2001 Venice Film Festival.


Un paradiso (cm, 1994), L'amore non ha confini (cm, 1998), L'uomo in più (cm, 2001), La notte lunga (2001).


& Credits

Regia, soggetto e sceneggiatura: Paolo Sorrentino.
Director of photography: Pasquale Mari.
Art director: Antonio Farina.
Music: Pasquale Catalano.
Editor: Jacopo Quadri.
Cast: Gianni Ferreri, Luigi Petrucci, Giovanni Esposito, Caterina De Regibus, Gaetano Amato, Sergio Marra.
Production company: Indigo Film, corso Europa 72, 80127 Napoli, Italy, tel. +39-81-412875, fax +39-81-402939.