Martino is the night watchman at Turin’s famous Museum of Cinema: Mole Antonelliana. Indeed, the city’s domed landmark monument, with its mysterious labyrinthine passages, spiral staircases and vertiginous chapels rising high above the city, hold no secrets for the devoted custodian. Not only is Martino the guardian of this vast domain at night, but the great monumental temple, which houses the world-renowned Museum of Cinema and all its silver screen treasures, has for years been his own secret home and magical universe. Off hours Martino sleeps in a little hideout he’s fixed up for himself in an abandoned part of the building. At midnight, however, the entire deserted monument suddenly comes alive like an enchanted kingdom over which Martino reigns supreme king. Angelo is a small thief from the outskirts. He likes cars and girls. He is the boyfriend of Amanda. Amanda works in a fast food place. She would like to lead a regular life and she works hard to leave her tough neighborhood, but she is afraid she never will. One of these nights Amanda, fleeing from the police, suddenly bursts into Martino’s universe to take refuge in the Museum. Their meeting is a wondrous though shattering discovery for both of them. To Martino’s amazement, here is the tenderness of a woman’s companionship after years of solitude. For Amanda, here is a world of beauty, art and dream, light years from the tough street life she has always known. The lives of Martino, Amanda and Angelo tangle up like one of the silent movies of Buster Keaton, Martino is so fond of. And in fact, the solution of the plot is hidden under the dome of the Museum.
produced by ROSSOFUOCO in collaboration with FILM COMMISSION TORINO PIEMONTE - MULTIMEDIA PARK