THE HARVESTER

IL BRACCIANTE

By Gwyn SANNIA

INVISIBLE DOG - as PROD

Black comedy - Development 2017

A bloody feud between the US and Italian branches of a powerful mob family; a ruthless killer dressed like a priest; a dog inside a suitcase. Amid the crossfire, a group of immigrants harvests tomatoes in the fields of the mob. Only the Harvester, a mystical figure from Africa, can bring justice.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Black comedy, First film, Martial arts
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gwyn SANNIA
    • Writer(s)
    • Emanuele PIANO, Alex RIGHI
    • Producer(s)
    • Emanuele PIANO (INVISIBLE DOG), Alex RIGHI (INVISIBLE DOG)
    • Synopsis
    • Africa, 1960. A village is being pillaged by an unruly African militia. As the inhabitants are murdered and their homes set ablaze, there appears the Ngozi, an African avenging spirit whose coming is announced by a deafening thunderstorm.
      Italy, present day. A respected Godfather, Don Ciccio, passes away and his two sons are summoned at his villa for the reading of his last wishes. On his way to the villa, Calogero hires a hitman dressed as a Priest to kill his brother Vincenzo, who has just returned from the US with his son Sal and Clarence, his bodyguard. But as the will is read, Vincenzo shoots his brother and takes over the family’s plantations, where a multitude of destitute immigrants works for a meagre pay. During the shootout, the villa’s waiter, Thomas, is also killed.
      In an abandoned farm in the countryside two men are trying to rape Eve, Thomas’s sister, as a black harvester appears out of nowhere to save her and put the two men on the run. John, the African harvester, settles in at the abandoned farm and joins the other immigrants to work in Vincenzo’s tomato fields. He is handpicked at the Slave’s Square by the local gangmaster, Japajapa. A newscast on TV talks about a mysterious African harvester allegedly responsible for the murder of a number of gangmaster’s across Italy’s tomato plantations.
      While the immigrants on the fields protest for the poor pay and harsh working conditions, Eve sets out in search for her missing brother. She looks for him high and low, when she finds out that Sal, Vincenzo’s son, will go to a club dancing that night. The Priest, who has arrived in town and taken over the local parish, is also after the new boss’s son. Sal and Clarence go out that night in the company of a local beauty, Rosy, as Eve manages to approach Sal inside the club. The four spend the evening together, but go home separately. While Clarence and Rosy end up in the villa and accidentally shoot Vincenzo’s dog Argo, Sal is driven to the abandoned farm by Eve before being kidnapped and eliminated by the Priest. His dead body is found by Vincenzo who thinks a local mobster, Don Bernardo, who wanted to buy his plantations but was turned down, is responsible for his son’s demise. Vincenzo also asks Clarence to find the girl Sal spent the evening with.
      Japajapa and Clarence massacre the migrants at the abandoned farm in order to abduct Eve. John tries to prevent Eve’s kidnapping but is fatally wounded. An African chant brings him back to life as he sets out in search for the girl. He comes across Japajapa and kills him and then heads for the villa, where Vincenzo has summoned the Priest and Don Bernardo for Sal’s funeral. Vincenzo parades Eve in front of his rival before shooting him and his men with the aid of Clarence. The Priest decides to make his move, shoots Clarence dead, but is killed by Vincenzo when his old Colt Dragoon jams. John arrives on the scene and faces Vincenzo, who is about to finish off Eve. John prevails and walks away.
    • Partners & financing
    • Italian Ministry of Culture - Script Development Funding
      Italian Ministry of Culture - First Feature Funding
      Basilicata Region - Lucana Film Commission Fund
      Nomadic Independence Pictures (US)
      Tax Credit
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 21, 2017
    • End of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2017
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