by Francis Ford Coppola
Country: USA, Argentina, Spain, Italy
Year: 2009
Duration: 127'

Fresh faced and naïve, seventeen-year-old Bennie arrives in Buenos Aires in search of his older brother who has been missing for more than a decade, and had sworn never to see any of his family again. The boy comes from a family of Italian immigrants settled in Argentina, that with the great musical success of their domineering father Carlo, an acclaimed symphony conductor, moved to New York. When Bennie finds his brother, the brilliant but melancholy writer Tetro, he is not welcomed with open arms. Instead of the idolized, wonderful brother of his youth, Tetro is now a distant, self-destructive man.

“Even though the story has little to do with the story of my own life, the characters all embody parts of me. I wrote a completely fictitious story that nonetheless drew on memories from my family. It was heavily influenced by those films and plays that I had admired as a theater student and aspiring playwright. As in the theatrical tradition of Tennessee Williams, the father figure in Tetro is, in a sense, a ‘Biblical’ father, cruel and domineering, someone who must be ultimately destroyed if his sons are to survive.”


film director

Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola (Detroit, MI, USA, 1939) after specializing in direction at the UCLA, he debuted in 1963 with Dementia 13, before directing movies like The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather - Part II, winner of six Oscars (for best movie and best director) and Apocalypse Now, winner of the Golden Palm in Cannes 1979. During the 1980s he made various films, including Rumble Fish and Cotton Club. In 1992 he received the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in Venice and during the same year he directed Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Among the last movies directed by him: Youth Without Youth and Tetro, presented at the 2009 Torino Film Festival. 


filmografia essenziale/essential filmography

Dementia 13 (Terrore alla tredicesima ora, 1963), You’re a Big Boy Now (Buttati Bernardo!, 1966), The Godfather (Il Padrino, 1972), The Conversation (La conversazione, 1974), The Godfather - Part II (Il Padrino - Parte II, 1974), Apocalypse Now (id., 1979), Rumble Fish (Rusty il selvaggio, 1983), The Cotton Club (Cotton Club, 1984), Gardens of Stone (Giardini di pietra, 1987), The Godfather - Part III (Il padrino - Parte III, 1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Dracula di Bram Stoker, 1992), The Rainmaker (L’uomo della pioggia, 1997), Youth Without Youth (Un’altra giovinezza, 2007), Tetro (Segreti di famiglia, 2009), Twixt (2011).


& Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura, produttore/director, story, screenplay, producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Mihai Malaimare Jr.
montaggio/film editing
Walter Murch
scenografia/production design
Sebastián Orgambide
costumi/costume design
Cecilia Monti
Osvaldo Golijov
Vicente D’Elía
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Vincent Gallo (Tetro), Alden Ehrenreich (Bennie), Maribel Verdú (Miranda), Klaus Maria Brandauer (Carlo/Alfie), Carmen Maura (Alone), Rodrigo De La Serna (Jose), Leticia Bredice (Josefina), Mike Amigorena (Abelardo), Sofía Castiglione (Maria Luisa), Érica Rivas (Ana)
American Zoetrope, Tornasol Films
Mariela Besuievsky, Gerardo Herrero 

Zoetropa Argentina,
BIM Distribuzione