Pericle the Black

Dir.: Stefano Mordini | Italy, Belgium, France 2016 | 104 min

Pericle is the henchman for an outpost of the Neapolitan Mafia in Brussels. The local boss rules all the pizzerias in the area, and Pericle's only task is to intimidate uncooperative people. He does this in his simple but effective way. He beats them down by filling sand in a small plastic bag, and humiliates them afterwards by forcing them to have anal sex. When he one day must punish a defiant priest, he ends up beating the respected Signorinella, and is forced to flee the only world and way of life that he has ever known. With this strange premise, the director Stefano Mordini has made a highly intimate drama, which mixes the brutality of Italian Mafia films with Belgian social realism as we know it especially from the Dardenne brothers. It is therefore not surprising that they have produced this unique film, which manages to shed new light on the desire to start afresh at an advanced age. 'Pericle the Black' was nominated for Un Certain Regard at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Original Title
Pericle il nero
Title
Pericle the Black
Country
Italy, Belgium, France
Release Year
2016
Duration
104 min.
Directors
Stefano Mordini
Producer
Riccardo Scamarcio, Valeria Golino, Viola Prestieri, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Script
Cast
Riccardo Scamarcio, Marina Foïs, Gigio Morra, Valentina Acca, Maria Luisa Santella, Lucia Ragni, Eduardo Scarpetta
Camera
Matteo Cocco
Sound
Daniela Bassani
Editor
Jacopo Quadri
Music
Peter von Poehl
Production Company
Buena Onda, Les Films du Fleuve, Les Productions du Trésor, Rai Cinema
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
4
Thrills
5
Sighs
7
Laughs
2
Look
6
Food for thought
5