Fanheart3 Award ~ Graffetta d'Oro for Best Film
Venice Film Festival
International Critics’ Week Award
Venice Film Festival
A potent tonal mix of the post-apocalyptic and the proto-cyberpunk.



In the not-too-distant future on Italy’s southern coast, the city of Taranto has become a toxic wasteland ruled by warring gangs and surrounded by barbed wire, where best friends Pietro (nicknamed Mondocane) and Cristian (nicknamed Pisspants) dream of escaping their hardscrabble existence for a better life in nearby New Taranto. Opportunity knocks when Hothead, the charismatic and dangerous leader of a local gang called the Ants, recruits the two boys and gives them everything they fantasized about: money in their pockets, a family, and a father figure. The friendship begins to splinter, though, as Cristian displays a surprising talent for mayhem and quickly rises through the ranks. With a new female friend pushing them further apart, an obsessed cop hounding the gang, and Hothead becoming increasingly unhinged, the boys barrel toward a confrontation that will determine if their bond is strong enough to survive. Recalling everything from Mad Max to Lord of the Flies, from Oliver Twist to Waterworld, director Alessandro Celli’s thrilling feature debut is a stylish post-apocalyptic vision and an inspiring testament to the power of friendship in an unjust world.

"There is a bit of
Oliver Twist and a bit of Blade Runner in the dusty and industrial world of Mondocane... reveals the humanity typical of pure and incorruptible hearts that struggle not to be sucked into the vortex of evil and crime.” – Di Mario Manca, Vanity Fair Italia

"Ranging this way and that way across the ocean, from John Carpenter to Sergio Martino, from George Miller to
Lord of the Flies and Waterworld... Celli’s gratifying debut is an entertaining, dystopic work." – Camillo De Marco, Cineuropa
Not Rated
Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Crime
Alessandro Celli
Alessandro Celli
Alessandro Borghi, Dennis Protopapa, Giuliano Soprano, Barbara Ronchi, Ludovica Nasti
Nominee, Fanheart3 Award ~ Graffetta d'Oro for Best Film, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, International Critics’ Week Award, Venice Film Festival

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