Comedy - Pre-Production 2016

Two naive misfits leave the ‘South’ of the world, heading for a faraway place, following the life beating inside them and finding a modern family.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Comedy, First film
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Paolo SASSANELLI
    • Writer(s)
    • Francesco APICE, Chiara BALESTRAZZI, Paolo SASSANELLI
    • Producer(s)
    • Tommaso ARRIGHI (Mood Film), Stefan SCHUBERT (Wuste Film ), Gudrun Edda THORHANNESDOTTIR (Duo Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Salvatore is a 40 year-old sensitive person who has lived most of his life as handyman in a hospital in a little town in the South of Italy. He’s a simple and rough man. In the hospital he has his only close friend, Felice, a patient from northern Italy in his forties. They spend all day together. Felice is really affectionate with Salvatore who is the only one he talks to. Their lives are not special, no thrills, no surprises. Every day is almost like the day before but they are happy and they never thought of a change, never dreamt to escape to live a new life out of the hospital. Until one day the director of the hospital decides to transfer Felice in an another hospital and ordered to Salvatore to leave the small house near the main entrance gate of the hospital where he used to live in the last 20 years. So they decide to escape together from the hospital and try to reach Island, Felice’s obsession, to see the geyser.
      They leave the hospital that very same night, hitting heavily the guardian. They head to Germany as first stop of their journey because Felice told that his mother Gerti lives there and that she’s very famous. In his simple mind, Salvatore thinks to arrive in Germany and find her, even though they only know her name. This would seem impossible to all sane men, but it’s not easy to tell who’s fool and who’s not, with Felice and Salvatore… In a gas station they ask a football team fan club on a bus for a lift. So with no money the two reach the city of Hamburg. This is the start of a long series of encounters in a foreign land, chasing this Gerti Müller who is in fact a very popular TV presenter, in Germany, who lives and work in Hamburg, and it is unbelievable to think that a guy like Felice is her son. Till they meet Anke, a 40 years punk, who lives in a commune in a crumbling building overlooking Hamburg’s harbor. She helps them to find the famous Gerti Müller, reaching Studio Hamburg with Salvatore and Felix. They will meet Gerti during her television show finding out that she’s not exactly Felice’s mother also if she knows him. She can’t stay with them because of her career and because they are wanted by the international police for their escape from Italy. Salvatore, Felice and Anke run away from the Studio together. They arrive at Hamburg port escaping from the police and they jump on a ship which is just making off.
      We find Salvatore, Felice and Anke now sitting in the middle of nothing, waiting for a geyser. They made it to Iceland. At the end of the journey, though nothing has apparently been found, Salvatore and Felice will not come back as they’ll find they’d never been that happy and alive before, as a family with Anke.
    • Partners & financing
    • ITALY (MOOD FILM 50%)
      MiBAC Screenplay Development Fund - Assigned 35.000 euros
      Tax Credit - Automatic 100.000 euros
      MiBAC (Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities) - Assigned 100.000 euros
      Apulia Film Commission Film Fund & Hospitality (Italian Regional Fund)
      Hamburg Film Commission (German Regional Fund)
      FFA (German Federal Film Board)
      DFFF (German Federal Film Fund)
      ICELAND (DUO Productions 10%)
      National Film Fund
      Tax Credit
      Sales Agent