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A twisted gothic fairy tale set in a southern suburb of Rome, the impressive second feature by the D'Innocenzo brothers (BOYS CRY, screenwriters of DOGMAN) transpires with the haunting atmosphere of a dream that gradually transforms into a waking nightmare. A group of families, connected in various ways, live their lives just outside of Rome in not-so-quiet desperation. Through a series of vicious vignettes, we see parents committing casual acts of cruelty against their children who, in turn, also wreak havoc. Beautifully realized, with a standout performance from Elio Germano (HIDDEN AWAY, LEOPARDI, LUCIA'S GRACE) as an unstable, unemployed father, BAD TALES builds to a memorable and cutting finale. Savage and certainly more bitter than sweet, this blackly comedic satire is the reward for the ambition and originality of its young filmmakers' daring vision. (Note adapted from London Film Festival.) Winner, Best Screenplay, 2020 Berlin International Film Festival; Winner, Jury Award, 2020 Brussels International Film Festival; Winner, Silver Star, 2020 El Gouna Film Festival; Winner, Best Director and Best Screenplay, 2020 Golden Globes, Italy; Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Producer, 2020 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. Official Selection, 2020 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, London Film Festival and AFI European Union Film Showcase.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    98 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Italy, Switzerland
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
  • Screenwriter
    Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
  • Producer
    Agostino Saccà, Giuseppe Saccà
  • Cast
    Elio Germano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Gabriel Montesi, Max Malatesta, Ileana D'Ambra, Lino Musella