After collaborating as a writer on the magnificent Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood (LIFF12), Emanuele Scaringi steps into the director’s chair to offer this melancholy comedy based on the bestseller graphic novel by Zerocalcare.
Zero is twenty-seven years old and lives in the run-down Roman suburb of Rebibbia. He spends his days aimlessly criss-crossing Rome doing odd jobs and visiting his mother, but when he returns home, he enters a new realm. An armadillo awaits him; a form of his critical conscience. Throughout absurd conversations the two discuss the state of world and analyse what is to become. But with the news of the death of Camille, a schoolmate and unrequited love, Zero is forced to face a harsh reality.
Combining fantasy and realism, this Venice Film Festival 2018 selection cleverly embodies a generation faced with uncertainty while also reminding us of the futility of life and that time, inexorably, escapes us.
NOMINATED: Venice Horizons Award for Best Film, Venice International Film Festival 2018
Tuesday 17th September
Laura Morante, Valerio Aprea, Simone Liberati
Italian with English subtitles
Palace James Street, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso