Vincent Gallo plays a double lead in this Italian version of the legend of Kaspar Hauser, a mysterious boy who appeared in the streets of Nuremberg in 1828 and could hardly talk. His ancestry (royal, according to some) and history were never explained.
In this absurdist retelling by director Davide Manuli, the tracksuit- and headphone-wearing Kaspar Hauser washes up on the beach of an almost uninhabited island, where he is found and received as the messiah by The Sheriff (Gallo) who is also a DJ. The Duchess, who rules the tiny community, feels threatened by the blond boy and sends The Pusher (also Gallo) to fix things. The brief chapters, which all consist of a single, long take and feature minimal, surreal dialogues, tell Hauser’s story. All in black-and-white against the sober background of deserted beaches and villages, supported by Vitalic’s pumping rhythms.

International title
The Legend of Kaspar Hauser
Filmmaker
Davide Manuli
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Italy
Year
2012
Medium
35mm
Length
90’
Language
Italian, English
Producer
Alessandro Bonifazi, Bruno Tribbioli, Davide Manuli
Production Company
Blue Film s.r.l., Shooting Hope Productions srl
Sales
Intramovies Srl
Writer
Davide Manuli
Cinematography
Tarek Ben Abdallah
Editor
Rosella Mocci
Production Design
Giampietro Preziosa, Ginevra Polverelli
Sound Design
Francesco Liotard
Music
Vitalic
Cast
Vincent Gallo, Elisa Sednaoui, Silvia Calderoni
Website
http://www.intramovies.com/catalogue/details.php?id=212