By Matteo Scifoni

With Giorgio Colangeli, Domenico Diele, Xhilda Lapardhaja, Ivan Franek, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Manuela Mandracchia, Katia Greco

Italy | 2015 | 94'
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The old inspector Quinto Cruciani (Giorgio Colangeli), now an alcoholic and habitual drug user, has run away from the young psychopathic drug dealer Michele Loi (Sunday Diele), who has just been arrested. To avoid suspension, Chief Inspector Bonanza (Gianmarco Tognazzi) gives him three days to find the fugitive. Thus began a thief’s hunt that showed the dreams and difficulties of the two characters, in a style that winks at that policeman genre that was so much in vogue in the seventies.

Bolgia Totale is a noir in full swing, a genre not very popular in Italian cinema. The lives of a policeman and a criminal run parallel in a showdown. The first, Quinto, is more than just shaped to the canonical model of the hard boiled detective, is much much worst. He is untrustworthy in work, full of debts with loan sharks, drug addict and alcoholic, his personal life is devastated and he even had a hart attack. Michele is a little better on the whole. His line is caught in the extreme attempt of an impossible escape, with a single light in his burnt life: the love for a beautiful and mute Albanian girl. The events that unfold in a few days of a torrid August in Rome put them face to face. But, instead of guarding and thievery, the two are confronted in their despair.


2014 Annecy Cinéma Italien
2014 Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt
2015 Il Cinema Italiano visto da Milano | Cineteca di Milano
2015 Gold Elephant World | Catania Film Festival
2015 Formia Film Festival
2015 Visioni Alternative | Università Roma Tre
2015 Mantova Film Festival
2015 Festival delle Cerase
2015 Mostra del Nuovo Cinema Europeo
2016 Sudestival
2016 Cinema nelle Biblioteche
2016 Festival del Cinema Europeo di Lecce
2016 Gallio Film Festival
2018 Visual Fest

Nominations & Awards

Best Italian Independent Film | Gold Elephant World | Catania Film Festival
Special Award | Formia Film Festival
Finalist at Mario Verdone Prize | Festival del Cinema Europeo di Lecce
Nomination Best First Feature | Ciak d’oro
Nomination Best First Feature | Premio Kineo Diamanti al cinema italiano

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