Ficarra and Picone, the ugly, dirty and bad ones of "Spaccaossa"

Ficarra and Picone, the ugly, dirty and bad ones of “Spaccaossa”

A strong film, “we were the first to be impressed by writing it, producing it and seeing it again. It’s a story that stays with you. It tells you about one of the lowest points that man can touch. The definition of ugly, dirty and bad is the one that best suits these characters, to whom however you remain attached ». He explains it Salvatore Ficarra, co-writer and co-producer with Valentino Piconethrough their company, Tramp Limited (together with Rai Cinema), of Spaccaossa, sulphurous story of crime and despairinspired by a real news story, with which Vincenzo Pirrotta makes his debut as a film director, already award-winning author and theater director, as well as actor.

The film, which debuts at the Venice International Film Festival in the Venetian Nights section of the Days of the authors, will soon arrive in theaters with Luce Cinecittà. In the cast, in addition to Pirrotta, there are, among others, Selene Caramazza, Ninni Bruschetta, Giovanni Calcagno, Filippo Luna, Simona Malato, Luigi Lo Cascio and Rory Quattrocchi. At the center of the story is an improvised and violent Palermitan criminal organization that breaks the bones of consenting victims, from the videopoker player Machinetta (Lo Cascio), to the father of the family Mimmo (Luna), and simulates accidents to collect hefty insurance compensation .

The plot

The “victims” are recruited by Vincenzo (Pirrotta, who defines his role as “a man without qualities”), as obedient to the gang as to his mistress (Quattrocchi). The meeting with Luisa (Selene Caramazza), drug addict, could open up a different path for him, but the man ends up involving the girl in the “tour” as well.

“We immediately said yes to the film – adds Ficarra – It was very formative, we explored feelings that are not usual for us as Ficarra and Picone. It was a wonderful writing and productive adventure ».

For the duo it was also the first time as co-writers (with them and Pirrotta there is also Ignazio Rosato) in a film not theirs: «It was a wonderful challenge, because Vincenzo is a captain and an extraordinary showman who already has very beautiful and significant theatrical experiences in his arc. We have brought our experience of construction, of framing, into this team. Valentino and I are constantly looking for new and different experiences, for different expressive ways. As also demonstrated by having staged Aristophanes’ Frogs at the theater, or having acted (and co-produced with Tramp) the new film by Roberto Andò, The strangeness, which will be released in October – explains -. We don’t like labels, we think they go on packages, not on people. When they try to attack them, we always try to take them off ».

The director: the film tells a double misery

Pirrotta (who we will find again among the protagonists of the series for Prime Video The Bad Guy, with Lo Cascio and Selene Caramazza) he decided to make his debut at the cinema with such a hard story, because it tells “a double misery: that of those who break, a misery clothed in cynicism, and that, clothed in desperation, of those who agree to have their bones broken”. For the victims it is “like a descent into hell”.
It is a universal story of denunciation «in which I show how these people are often left alone. Events that you find similar all over the world, wherever there is a periphery of misery, from Buenos Aires to Paris ».

Ficarra and Picone “immediately loved the film – underlines the director, who is already writing a second project -. At first I had thought of a theatrical text, but I felt that it also had a cinematic dimension inside. I confronted Salvo Ficarra at a soccer match and he told me they would make it with their production company. From that moment they have been by my side in every phase, allowing me to work in an island of freedom ».

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