PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Pietro Castellitto, director of the film The Predators.
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When talking about his debut film, The Predators, screening in the Orizzonti competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival, Pietro Castellitto (son of actor/director Sergio Castellitto and writer Margaret Mazzantini) states: “Being happy is a tough business. At times, a job for “predators”. Pietro Castellitto explains the reasons why he chose to act in his film and play Federico, the character around which the two families depicted in the story, eventually and metaphorically connect: “In Federico I have catalyzed a feeling of alienation, a sense of enormous frustration that stems from the difference between what you are and what others think you are” says Castellitto.
The Predators: It’s early in the morning, the sea at Ostia is calm. A man knocks at the door of a woman’s house: he is going to sell her a watch. It is early in the morning again when, a few days later, a young assistant professor of philosophy will be left out of the group chosen for the exhumation of Nietzsche’s body. Two grievances. Two apparently incompatible families: the Pavone and the Vismara. Bourgeois and intellectual the former, proletarian and Fascist the second. Opposing factions that share the same jungle: Rome. A banal incident will bring the two poles into collision. And the folly of a twenty-five-year-old man will lead to a showdown that reveals everyone has a secret and no one is what they seem. And that we are all predators.