By Corrado FORTUNA


Drama - Development 2012

A tragicomic adventure of Mariuccio , a young man that becoming a policeman in a city at Mafia war, Palermo. Suddenly the Mafia upsets his life and Mariuccio must reconsider his choices, discover what is right and wrong in his scale of values.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Corrado FORTUNA
    • Writer(s)
    • Corrado FORTUNA, Francesco LAGI
    • Producer(s)
    • Donatella BOTTI (Biancafilm), Marianna DE LISO (Vertical Film / I4GATTI), Salvatore MATRANGA (ertical Film / I4GATTI)
    • Synopsis
    • Palermo. It is 1982 and Mariuccio, a young man from Partinicolo, a small town by the sea, finds himself, almost by accident, becoming a policeman in a city at war. “This windy winter sea” is his tragicomic adventure.
      When his old friend Francesco Paolo Di Vita suggests that he too become a policeman, thanks to the recommendation of a powerful and mysterious uncle of his, Mariuccio is not so much attracted by the idea of a job as a policeman as the thought of living in the big city.
      Palermo is a new world to him, the capital city. A fun, modern city, and honestly full of girls. Palermo, along with Di Vita’s offer, provide an answer to the question that had been bothering him for quite a while. “Now that I have finished school, and the compulsory military service, what the hell do I do?”
      So here he is in Palermo, in uniform, dealing with a brand new life, filled with encounters, adventures, sex, love, and previously unasked questions. What is the mafia? Does it exist? Why does nobody talk about it? Actually, why does everyone talk about it in that mysterious way? As if to understand it fully one should be part of a club? Why, since putting on that uniform, does he no longer pay at the bar, or at the market? And why, when he goes back to his hometown, does his mother ask him to wear his uniform throughout Sunday lunch.
      Why do all those people in town who previously ignored him now greet him respectfully and call him Marshall? Why does everyone now want to do him all kinds of favours?
      At the police station in Palermo Mariuccio meets Balestrini, the head of the police archive. A man from northern Italy, with a clean northern accent, whom Mariuccio trusts immediately and nicknames “the Professor”. Or maybe it is Balestrini who meets Mariuccio, and sees in him a pure soul, someone who could represent the hope of a different future for the city.
      Mariuccio turns to the Professor for the answers to his questions.
      The answers he receives though lead to even more questions. Why does Tony, someone who gets a ten out of ten at the shooting range, appear to do nothing all day long, and never even wears a uniform? And why does Giulia, the Professor’s daughter who Mariuccio immediately falls in love with, find it so hard to live in Palermo? Why does he feel so alone?
      In order to find the exact answer, Mariuccio must reconsider his choices, discover what is right and wrong in his scale of values, and only by doing so alone, will he finally manage to see things clearly and understand that another life is possible for him, but only far away from Sicily for now.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2012
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