Freaks Out

  • 141'
  • Italy
  • 2021

Enchanted, the audience watches as young Matilda makes a lightbulb burn using just her body. One marvel follows another in the circus tent. Until the cheering audience is suddenly wiped out by a falling bomb. Welcome to the capricious world of Freaks Out.

In fascist Rome in 1943, the circus artists fear for their lives. Matilda decides to flee Italy with her supernatural friends: a hugely strong wolfman, an insect whisperer, a human magnet, and the lovely manager. Their journey will not be easy. German Nazi Franz, a twelve-fingered pianist who can see into the future, is hunting circus freaks to help the Third Reich.

Brute force is always an option in this adventurous mix of fantasy and war film. Alongside the wonderful decors and attractive camerawork, Aurora Giovinazzo’s moving lead role is particularly poignant. A talent to watch.

Director
Gabriele Mainetti
Countries of production
Italy, Belgium
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
141'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Italian, German, French
Producers
Andrea Occhipinti, Joseph Rouschop, Gabriele Mainetti
Production Companies
Lucky Red, Gapbusters, Goon Films
Sales
True Colours
Screenplay
Gabriele Mainetti, Nicola Guaglianone
Cinematography
Michele D'Attanasio
Editor
Francesco di Stefano
Production Design
Massimiliano Sturiale
Sound Design
Mirko Perri
Music
Michele Braga, Gabriele Mainetti
Cast
Claudio Santamaria, Aurora Giovinazzo, Pietro Castellitto, Giancarlo Martini, Giorgio Tirabassi, Max Mazzotta, Franz Rogowski