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Delta directed by Michele Vannucci world premiere at Locarno Film Festival
Delta directed by Michele Vannucci ©Paolo Ciriello

Delta, the new film from Italian director Michele Vannucci, starring Alessandro Borghi and Luigi Lo Cascio, will be presented at the 75th Locarno Film Festival (August 3-13, 2022) as an advance world premiere in Piazza Grande.

Michele Vannucci made his debut with Il più grande sogno (I Was a Dreamer, 2016), a nominee for the David di Donatello prize for Best first-feature director. His latest film, Delta, sets him firmly in the front rank of Italian filmmakers. Four years and one TV series later (Mental, 2020), Vannucci has teamed up again with Alessandro Borghi for the male lead. Alongside the Roman actor known for Non essere cattivo (Don’t be bad); Suburra; Sulla mia pelle (On My Skin: The Last Seven Days of Stefano Cucchi); Il primo re ( The First King), the new film also features a groundbreaking performance from Luigi Lo Cascio – I cento passi (One Hundred Steps); La meglio gioventù (The Best of Youth); Buongiorno, notte (Good Morning, Night) ; Noi credevamo (We believed).

Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro: “Michele Vannucci’s Delta is a film that hails back to one of the richest periods in Italian cinema. A contemporary western set in the Po delta, a frontier zone where forms of poverty old and new are in conflict, beset by the dynamics of racial prejudice and the desperation of those seeking a way out. A film of deep social engagement, rough-edged like the best films of Giuseppe De Santis, spotlighting a side of Italy rarely tackled and filmed with this level of emotional involvement. A region that should be safeguarded and preserved, respecting all the many life forms that inhabit it. With Delta, Michele Vannucci has signed off a powerful, intimate picture which will light up in all its richness on the Piazza Grande screen.”

The action of the film takes place in the Po delta, the setting for clashes between poachers and fishermen: the area’s thick fogs surround a showdown between Osso (Luigi Lo Cascio), determined to fight against indiscriminate fishing of the river, and Elia (Alessandro Borghi), a native son of the river lands.

Delta, like all the titles shown in Piazza Grande – except short films and titles in the Histoire(s) du cinéma and Retrospective sections – will be competing for the Prix du public UBS 2022, the Locarno Film Festival prize awarded by the biggest jury imaginable. Since 1994 the winner has been decided by the festival-going public. Previous winners of the Prix du public include Smoke by Wayne Wang, Death at a Funeral by Frank Oz, I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach, BlaKkKlansman by Spike Lee and Hinterland by Stefan Ruzowitzky.

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