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It Was the Son

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Original title
È stato il figlio
Running time
89 min.
Italy Italy
Daniele Ciprì, Massimo Gaudioso (Novel: Roberto Alaimo)
Daniele Ciprì
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Co-production Italy-France; Passione / RAI / Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Comedy. Drama | Family Relationships. Black Comedy
Synopsis / Plot
The Ciraulo family lives on the outskirts of Palermo. Nicola, the father, manages to support everyone by selling scrap iron from disused ships. Although their life is tough, it’s peaceful. One day a stray bullet, fired by a mafia hit man, kills the youngest daughter. The family’s desperation is immeasurable. There is a glimmer of at least some economic hope when the Ciraulo’s neighbour Giacalone advises Nicola to apply for compensation for mafia victims. Assuming that the money will soon arrive, the family starts spending it before they have even received it, getting into debt with everyone. Nicola falls into the hands of a moneylender, a friend of Giacalone’s. When the money finally arrives, there is not much left once they have paid off their debts. The Ciraulo family do not have a bank account. The money sits on the table with the whole family sitting around it while they decide how they should invest it. Each idea receives short shrift from Nicola, who finally comes up with his own: to buy a Mercedes. A Mercedes is a symbol of wealth, for many people the only real sign that you have escaped poverty. But for the Ciraulo family the Mercedes becomes the symbol of the Misery of Wealth, a tool of defeat and ruin.
2012: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Production Design
& Best Costume Design
2012: Venice Film Festival: Technical Achievement Award & Best New Actor
(Fabrizio Falco)
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